Gutta-percha is a genus of tropical trees native to the Southeast Asia and northern Australasia regions. An inelastic natural latex material is produced from the sap of the trees which is also referred to as gutta-percha. The beneficial properties were discovered by Westerners in 1842, and the substance was initially used as an electrical insulator. A few years later gutta-percha became a popular material used to manufacture furniture and then mourning jewelry because it was easily carved and very resilient.
This wonderful necklace is a fabulous example of jewelry crafted from Gutta-percha! From the Victorian (ca1880) era, the chain necklace has a beautiful and bold look and is made from hand carved Gutta-percha anchor links that connect to one another through two holes in the center of each. This common Victorian link is what the modern-time "Gucci link" was replicated from. The links are consistent in size and carry around the entire length of the piece, which securely clasps at the back. The necklace looks beautiful worn alone or could be paired with a complimentary pendant for a bold look. It would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 20" long. The Gutta-percha links measure approximately 3/4" tall, 1" wide and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Gutta-percha chain and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.