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.
This incredible necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a fabulous example of jewelry crafted from Gutta-percha! This bold and beautiful piece is comprised of unique hand carved links that graduate slightly in size. Each link is reminiscent of an anchor or mariner style link, however these links feature a wonderful scalloped edge. The rich black gutta-percha creates a bold and eye-catching appeal and the length of the necklace allows it to beautifully rest below the neckline. Finishing the design is a hand carved hook that securely fastens to the last open link. A unique and dramatic piece, it would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 21.5" long. The largest links at the center measure approximately 1 1/4 wide, about 7/8" long, and are about 1/2" thick. The smallest links measures approximately 5/8" wide, about 3/8" tall, and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, including a few very minor chips/cracks, there is no serious damage to the Gutta-percha links and the hook clasp is secure and in good working condition.