Antique Whitby Jet Cameo Pendant Circa 1880


Description: Add a touch of history to your jewelry collection with our Antique Whitby Jet Cameo Pendant. This stunning pendant is an original piece from the mid-Victorian period, dating back approximately 150 years. Made of French jet and featuring a beautiful Whitby jet main stone, this pendant is in excellent condition considering its age. The cameo measures 50x32mm, making it the perfect statement piece for any occasion.


  • Material: French Jet
  • Main Stone: Whitby Jet
  • Size: 6.5 x 3mm
  • Weight: 12.97g
  • Cameo: 50x32mm
  • Age: Mid-Victorian Period (Circa 1880)
  • Item Code: 881213


Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, but is indeed a gemstone. It has organic origins and is derived from fossilized wood. Although it resembles coal, it is less brittle.

Jet comes from the cliffside town of Whitby, England. Do to the desirability of this gemstone, excessive mining caused the cliffs to collapse. Soon after, it was declared illegal to mine for Jet causing a shortage.


The color of Whitby Jet is unique. Its blackness is so intense that the expression

“as black as Jet” has been a commonly used phrase for hundreds of years.

It is smooth and very lightweight. Because of its characteristics, it makes wearing larger designs very comfortable to wear.


Jet has declined in popularity in these modern times because it has been long associated with mourning.


 Caring and cleaning of your Jet jewelry pieces is very simple. Using only mild soap and water with soft brush is all you need.  Do not use ultrasonic or steam machine for cleaning. Also, store your jet pieces in a separate place than your harder stones to prevent or avoid scratches.