Presented here is a very unusual Antique Victorian Mourning cameo pendant. I have never come across one like this. The shape of the pendant is a quatra foil shape with an interesting Art Nouveau relief. The edges are a leaf pattern and the cameo itself is a beautiful half smiling Bacchante. She has the traditional grape vines in her long curling hair. She is attached with 2 vulcanite beads to 2 strands of vulcanite chain and ends with a vulcanite hook clasp. The silver tests positive for sterling. Truly one of the prettiest Mourning Cameos I have come across. Necklace is in excellent condition with no cracks or breakage. There appears to be a name or word that has been scratched into the back but I can’t make out what it says because it has partly worn away over time.
Mourning jewelry has been around since at least the 16th century, but it is widely associated with the Victorian Era. Mourning jewelry of the late Victorian era (1860s – 1880s) became immensley popular after the loss and grief of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert where she went into Mourning for 2 decades and made it fashionable. Often called ‘ebonite’, vulcanite was the mass-produced rival to actual jet. It had the ability to be moulded and not carved. However the original mould was hand carved creating the original relief. Made from the sap of Malaysian Ficus and Euphorbia rubber trees. Vulcanite jewelry is very rare and highly collectable. Shortest strand is 18 inches around. Circa 1880s-90s.
Victorian Vulcanite Mourning 2 strand necklace
$552 $649 SALE