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 and funky buckle bracelet from the Victorian era! This unique piece is made of Jet and is comprised of rectangular panel links that form a unique bracelet. At the center of the bracelet is a raised oval-shaped link with a sterling silver buckle design on top. The sterling silver features beautiful, flowing etched detail and has a lovely 3-dimensional design. At each side of the center buckle link is a silver accent, depicting the notches on a belt. An additional link at one side of the bracelet represents the flap of the buckle, which also bears a complimentary swirled, etched pattern. The contrast between the rich black color of the Jet and the sterling silver is stunning. The links are strung on black elastic cord, giving the piece flexibility while making it comfortable to wear. A very versatile and stylish bracelet, it would be perfect for everyday wear. It would look fantastic worn alone or paired with other complimentary bracelets!
Measurements: Without being stretched, the inside opening of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) has a diameter of approximately 2" across. Each jet panel link measures approximately 3/4" tall, 1/2" wide, and 1/8" thick. The center oval link measures 1 1/8" tall and 7/8" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. There is some minor normal surface wear on a few of the jet links, including two small chips, but they are not noticeable when worn and do not detract from the beauty of this Victorian piece. There is no apparent damage to the sterling silver.