Victorian Jet Beaded Snake Bracelet
Jet is a black fossilized wood (other theories believe it to be a form of coal or sap similar to amber) found in many 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 are 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 fun and unusual jet snake bracelet from the Victorian era! This simple and stylish piece has a stylized snake design made of carved jet beads. The graduated beads form the snake's body, giving the appearance of articulated scales. At the center of the bracelet is a large link carved to represent the snake's head, which has lightly carved detail representing its open mouth, curved snout, and two eyes. The carved Victorian beads have recently been restrung on clear stretch cord, improving the security of the stringing while allowing for comfortable and easy wear. A fun and funky piece, it would be perfect for everyday wear, and would look fantastic paired with other beaded bracelets!
Measurements: Without being stretched, the inside opening of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) has a diameter of approximately 2 1/4" across. The bracelet stretches slightly and can comfortably accommodate an average to large sized wrist. The snake's head measures 1 1/2" long. The beaded bracelet measures 1/2" at the thickest point and 1/4" at the narrowest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is good. There is some minor surface wear to the piece, including a few small chips present in some of the jet beads, which is normal for a Victorian era piece. However, they do not detract from the beauty of the piece and are not noticeable when worn. All of the beads are securely strung.