Victorian Jet Huge Tear Drop Link 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 necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This Jet piece has a beautiful and bold look and is an exceptional example of antique Jet jewelry. The chain consists of intricately carved alternating Jet links that graduate in size. Faceted pyramid shaped links connect to each other by simple oval shaped links that have 2 holes in each. At the center of the necklace are three teardrop links that hang in a festoon style. The center link is slightly larger than the 2 sides but all carry the same design; a teardrop base with a faceted cabochon-like center. At the back of this fantastic Jet necklace is a single hook closure. This beautiful necklace and pendant is very special and unusual and would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The Jet chain measures approximately 17" long. The faceted links range in size with the smallest being 7/8" wide, 5/8" tall with a depth of 3/8" and the largest being 1 1/8" wide, 7/8" tall and a depth of 1/2". The flat connecting links range in size with the smallest being 5/8" wide, 1/2" tall and a depth of 1/8" and the largest being 7/8" wide, 5/8" tall and a depth of 1/8". The festoon style teardrop links hang 2 1/4" and 2 1/2" long from the chain of the necklace.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is great. There are minor chips and some surface wear on the Jet pieces, particularly where the links connect however it does not take away from the beauty of the piece. The hook clasp is secure and in good working condition.