Victorian Gutta Percha "Gucci" Style Link Chain Necklace 40"
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.
A fabulous Gutta-percha link necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful Gutta-percha chain has a simple, yet bold look. The chain is comprised of oval 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 Gutta-percha has a wonderful rich, dark matte color that is versatile enough to compliment any ensemble. The necklace is long enough to slip easily on and off without the need for a clasp. Both striking and fashionable, this fantastic necklace would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The entire length of the chain measures 40" long. Each Gutta-percha link measures 1/2" long, slightly more than 3/8" wide, and 1/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there are no apparent chips or scratches in the Gutta-percha chain.