This carved jet mourning brooch measures just over 1" in diameter in either direction, consisting of oval cabochons and carved squares hovering around a centre round cabochon. One of the square is slightly askew, but it doesn't affect the loveliness of the piece. The back is solid and true, with a c clasp; unclasped, there is a bit of play with the pin, but it feels secure once in the clasp. The gold on the reverse is not hallmarked but acid tests to between 10 and 14 karat/carat gold. It feels nicely substantial, and just has that quiet elegance that Victorian mourning jewelry is known for.
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