Victorian Jet Huge Cross & Multi 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 very bold and unusual Jet necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This fabulous Jet piece is very substantial in size and comprised of a unique chain and large cross pendant. The chain consists of large alternating disk and rectangle shaped Jet links that connect to one another with carved Jet rings. Hanging from the chain is a large Jet cross, which has rounded edges, all of which meet at a square in the center. The square is decorated with a simple double circle design carved into the front and back surface. The necklace comes together at a large spring ring clasp in the back. This wonderful necklace is a wonderful example of Victorian Jet jewelry, and would look fantastic worn as a bold accessory by the modern day woman!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 21" long. The large circle links have a 1" diameter and the rectangle links measure 2" long and 3/16" tall. The cross pendant measures 4 1/4" long, is 3" wide, and is 5/8" at its thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the chain and cross pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there are no apparent chips in the Jet chain or pendant and the spring ring clasp is secure and in good working condition.