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 gorgeous gutta-percha necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This wonderful piece has a beautiful and bold look. Made out of hand carved gutta-percha, the necklace displays 15 oval links with 9kt yellow gold cross-shaped accents. Interspersed through the links are two barrel-shaped links that are oddly spaced. The necklace fastens at an ornate clasp which depicts the shape of two interlocking hands. The clasp, which fastens at the ornate sleeve cuff, is crafted in 9kt yellow gold. The contrast between the vibrant yellow gold accents and the dark gutta-percha creates a very striking look! The necklace is lightweight and comfortable to wear. An impeccably made piece, it is versatile enough for everyday wear, and is perfect for any antique jewelry lover's collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 8 1/4" long. The individual links measure about 3/4" long and slightly more than 1/4" wide. The hand clasp measures approximately 1" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to any of the links and the hand clasp is secure and in good working condition.