Georgian Era French Jet & Blonde Hair Mourning Brooch
This petite, Georgian Era antique mourning brooch is completely handmade, featuring blonde hair and French jet set in solid 14 karat gold.
The Georgian Era spans from 1714 to 1837, and is named after the Hanoverian Monarchs of the United Kingdom, which included "The 4 Georges" and King William IV.
Blonde hair mourning pieces are somewhat of a rarity, as brunette or black hair is generally found in mourning jewelry from the Georgian and Victorian Eras. Several locks of human hair were tastefully mounted behind a glass window, memorializing a loved one.
The hair is framed by a hand-chased border with French jet surround.
The piece contains eighteen (18) faceted French jet stones. French jet is a name given to faceted black glass used in jewelry. Please note that several of the French jet stones have tiny chips/nicks, but are very difficult to notice with the naked eye.
The brooch is rather tiny, measuring 18 x 14mm. It is fastened by a round hinge and handmade C-catch with a pin that extends far beyond the edge of the brooch, which is typical of the era.
The reverse is hand-engraved, and is dated "1826".
It has a gross weight of 2.7 grams and is not hallmarked, as this piece pre-dates hallmarks.