Victorian Carved Graduating Jet Bead Necklace
Jet is a black fossilized wood (other theories believe it to be a form of coal or sap similar to amber) found in may countries including France, Spain, the United States, Turkey, China, Germany, India, Poland and Russia. It is formed when wood would fall into stagnant water and then fossilize, similar to the way that coal was made. There is generally two recognized types: soft and hard Jet. It is believed that the soft Jet was formed in fresh water and the hard in salt water. When her beloved Albert died, Queen Victoria bought and wore masses of Jet. As a result, the Jet trade received much publicity and entered a boom period moving far beyond simple mourning.
A fabulous Jet bead necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This Jet piece has a beautiful and bold look and is an exceptional example of antique Jet jewelry. This stunning necklace is made up of 59 graduated hand carved and polished beads. Strung by hand, and knotted in between each bead, this necklace makes a true statement when worn!
Measurements: The largest bead, which is in the center, has a diameter of 5/8” and the smallest measures 5/16”. The length of the necklace measures 31" long.
Condition: The overall condition of this necklace is excellent. There is no apparent damage or chips to the Jet and the stringing is in excellent condition.