Victorian Large Jet Bead Double Strand Necklace
Jet is a black fossilized wood (other theories believe it to be a form of coal or sap similar to amber) found in may 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 is 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 very impressive jet bead necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This stylish piece is comprised of two strands of large, graduated jet beads which form a bold statement necklace. The multi-faceted surface of each bead catches the light when worn, giving a rich appearance to the deep black jet. The two center strands of beads are nested for a layered look, and meet at a single strand that forms the back. All of the beads are hand strung on dark thread, and the necklace fastens at at push clasp in the back. When worn, the necklace has a very striking look that makes a bold fashion statement in the modern day!
Measurements: The overall necklace measures approximately 18.5" long. The largest bead, which is in the center of the lower strand, measures approximately 7/8" wide and 1" thick. The smallest bead measures approximately 3/8" wide and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is very good. There is some light surface wear to the beads, including a small chip on the inside of one link, which is minor and not noticeable when worn. The stringing has a small gap at one side of the necklace. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.