Victorian Large Graduated Whitby Jet Beads
Whitby jet is a black fossilized wood (other theories believe it to be a form of coal or sap similar to amber) found on the Yorkshire coast of England. Matte black in color it has a beautiful soft texture. 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.
This is a fabulous Victorian (ca 1880) strand of Whitby Jet beads! Rounded and disc-like in shape, this stunning necklace is made up of 102 graduated hand cut and polished beads. Strung by hand, and knotted in between each bead, this necklace makes a true statement when worn!
Measurements: The largest bead, which is in the center, measures 25mm in diameter and the smallest measures 6mm. The length of the necklace measures 29" long.
Condition: The overall condition of this necklace is excellent. There is no apparent damage or chips to the Jet and the stringing looks to be original.