The combination of natural red coral and black onyx is dazzling. This fine vintage necklace combines the mastery of Victorian bead weaving and Whitby jet carving to create a dynamic look that is timeless.
Circle late 1980's to early 1990's, this bold and beautiful necklace joins together rich red coral and ebony black Whitby Jet. This necklace beautifully showcases the ancient art form of coral bead weaving with the bold contrasting color blocking of vibrant red and commanding black. Perfect for Fall and Winter! New Sale Price plus free shipping to USA.
This woven bead necklace measures 18 inches long and closes with a 925 (stamped) silver vermeil spring clasp. The necklace features 15 large woven coral beads crafted from a multitude of 3mm coral beads. These large beads graduate from 17mm at center down to 13.5mm at the clasp. The coral accent beads measure 5mm along the strand and 3mm at the clasp. The jet beads are faceted diamond cuts and measure 5.5mm along the strong and 4.8mm close to the clasp. The necklace weighs 54.3 grams.
The beads have been woven in traditional manner around a large sphere that likely is a porous commercial grade coral bead. This same bead crochet pattern has been used for centuries. We have examined many of these older pieces over the years and the bead sphere has traditionally be a porous yet sturdy coral, but not of gem quality. The coral weave is tight and blocks the view of this core bead magnification with the exception of a tiny glimpse at the bead holes.
The red coral is natural and not dyed or treated in any manner. Actual color is a rich tomato red. The black beads are jet and not jet glass, onyx or black coral. Under magnification we can see naturally inherent nibbles along the facet lines that are common in jet carvings. This is not damage, but rather occurrence from the carving process itself. There is an old saying that if there are no nibbles or gashes in jet, it likely is not jet but rather jet glass.
Widely used in 19th century mourning jewelry, genuine jet is fossilized wood that is almost 200 million years old. Of course, for centuries Whitby, England was the major source of this unique gem and is still being marketed today in Whitby. We cannot be sure of this jet's origin but we assume it is the Whitby, England area .
There is lots of combined history in the design of this necklace. However, unlike many Victorian pieces, the condition of this necklace is as new without the worry of loose threads and need for reweaving the beads. This necklace is a modern day nod to Old World craftsmanship and is ready to wear and enjoy upon arrival.
It will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy coral care instructions.
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