Antique jewelry made from hand-carved bone was very popular during the Victorian era (ca 1880). Bone is a hard material from the skeleton of most vertebrate species, but the variety mainly used in jewelry is from such animals as the wild boar or wild hog. It was used to imitate ivory, which was more expensive.
A very unusual hand-carved bone choker necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This beautiful piece is comprised of a band of soft black velvet that meets at four carved bone links in the center. Each features a spectacular carved floral motif, which bursts with intricate 3-dimensional detail. The links are set in metal bezels and are connected by small rings in between. The necklace fastens with a hook clasp at the center and rests against the neck when worn, in a traditional choker style. A beautiful Victorian accessory, it makes a striking statement and is perfect for the collector!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 13.5" long. Each carved bone link measures about 1 1/8" tall, 1" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The necklace remains in excellent antique condition. The velvet is free of any rips, tears, or stains. All four of the bone links are intact and have no visible signs of damage. The color varies slightly due to age, which gives this piece its special appeal! The metal setting shows a natural patina on the back, which is normal for antique jewelry, and not visible when worn.