Victorian WhitbeyJet Beaded Necklace Carved Faceted Graduated Beads Sterling Clasp Vintage 1880s Antique Gothic Black Beaded Mourning Jewelry, offered by TheJewelSeeker. “Jet is a product of high-pressure decomposition of wood from millions of years ago, commonly the wood of trees of the family Araucariaceae. Jet is found in two forms, hard and soft. Hard jet is the result of carbon compression and salt water; soft jet is the result of carbon compression and fresh water. The jet found at Whitby, in England, is of early Jurassic (Toarcian) age, approximately 182 million years old. Whitby Jet is the fossilized wood from species similar to the extant Chile pine or Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana).” (According to Wikipedia). Jet is also and often referred to Black Amber or Ignite.
The beads are strung on what appears to be Black beading yarn. The beads are graduated in size from 4.41 mm to 3.9mm. The largest in the center graduating to the smaller at the clasp. The clasp is jet with a ball bead with slider push release pine. The beads have been tested with a surface rub, exposing the smokey brown-black color. This is a gorgeous, strung necklace with a total of 28 beads, not including the small Jet spacer beads (2.25mm). It’s an incredible piece of 1860’s – 1880’s Victorian Mourning Jewelry.
Approx Measurements: 17.5″ long beaded necklace; The 28 graduating beads measure from the largest center bead of 4,41mm to the smallest jet bead near the claps 3.9mm and about 30 smaller spacer beads
Condition: Excellent, although the beading thread is snug and there are some beads that have lines that look like they are crazed and some flea biyes. We did not want to disturb the beads by trying to clean or wash them, so it comes “as found”.
Approximate Date: 1860’s 1870’s 1880s
Hallmarks/signature: Unsigned other than the box clasp.
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Specification: Victorian Whitby Jet Beaded Necklace Carved Faceted Graduated Beads Sterling Clasp Vintage 1880 Antique Gothic Black Beaded Mourning Jewelry
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