Victorian Wide Expandable Gutta-Percha Bracelet
Gutta-percha is a genus of tropical trees native to the regions of Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. 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.
An unusual gutta-percha bracelet from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This unique and stylish piece is made of hand-carved gutta-percha links, which have an alternating link design. The links are vertically tall and portrayed by alternating pyramidal and smooth oblong links. Each has a matte, earthy brown surface and the bracelet has been re-strung on a clear elastic cord, giving it a flexible stretch which allows it to slip on and off easily for comfortable wear. This simple bracelet is effortlessly fashionable and has a versatile look that would be perfect for everyday wear!
Measurements: The bracelet measures 1 3/4" tall and slightly less than 1/4" thick. Without being stretched, the inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) has a diameter of 2" and easily expands to 3" in diameter to slip over the hand.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to any of the gutta-percha links and the elastic stringing is in good working condition.