Hooray for May! Let's decorate with some red coral!
The combination of natural red coral and dazzling black jet is absolutely gorgeous. Add to that the fascination of woven coral beads and you have a master necklace that offers a dynamic look with timeless charm. .
This bold and beautiful woven bead necklace unites rich red coral and ebony black Whitby Jet. It measures 18 inches long and closes with a 925 (stamped) silver vermeil spring clasp. The necklace features 15 large woven red coral beads crafted from a multitude of 3mm coral beads. These woven 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 coral beads are woven around a large sphere of porous coral using ancient techniques that have mesmerized for centuries. This necklace hails from the 1980's to 1990's, so the weave is in splendid condition, tight and without loose threads.
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 .
This necklace offers a gorgeous combination of design history and skill. Due to its tedious nature, the art of bead weaving is slowly disappearing. 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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