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 beaded Jet necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This versatile piece has a beautiful and bold look and is a wonderful example of antique Jet jewelry. Extremely long in length, the necklace is comprised of a single strand of smooth round Jet beads, which have a rich black color and matte finish. At the center of the necklace is a 14kt yellow gold swivel watch clasp, which could either be used to double the necklace or hang a complimentary pendant or locket from if desired. The necklace has a very versatile look that would compliment any ensemble and is perfect for everyday wear. A wonderful Victorian piece that blends seamlessly into modern day fashion, it would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The Jet necklace measures 50" long. The gold swivel clasp hangs 5/8" long below. The beads vary slightly in size, measuring approximately 4mm each.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides minimal normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage, chips or scratches to any of the Jet beads. The gold clasp is secure and in good working condition.