This antique brooch was likely worn by someone mourning the passing of a beloved family member and is known as mourning jewelry. Mourning jewelry, like this brooch, was popular during the Victorian era. It was sometimes made from Whitby Jet, French jet (glass), bog oak or vulcanite, and in rare instances, gutta percha. Gutta percha is a sap from the Malaysian tree. During Victorian times, it was mixed with a variety of inert materials and molded into jewelry as a less expensive alternative to jet. This gutta percha brooch features intricate gold wire and mother-of-pearl inlay. There are some slight areas of wear, please see the picture where I have identified them.
Size: 1.6 inches round, open C clasp works well
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