Antique 19th century Whitby jet beads with a gold clasp, 26 inches


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Some visitors to my shop can’t believe that my wonderfully chic and sleek Whitby jet beads are from the 19th century. Why ever not? 

I love how marvellous they look on black. Of course, that is just exactly how they were meant to be worn … 

The black and white photo shows a woman in half-mourning in Shrewsbury in the early 1870s. (I found it on page 660 of one of my reference books, Jewellery 1789-1910: The International Era – Volume II 1862-1910, by Shirley Bury.) 

This statement necklace is 26 inches long and has a modern 14-carat clasp. 


• Handmade in Whitby jet with a 14-carat yellow gold clasp

• Approximately 26 inches (66cm) 

• Largest bead is 22.2mm, smallest is 9.2mm

• Weight is 75 grams

• In excellent antique condition

• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box 

• The other beads and the Whitby jet earrings are for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of them

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description. 

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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