I ADORE VICTORIAN JEWELRY and this Necklace has a VERY BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN PERIOD (1837-1910) GUTTA PERCHA CROSS as its PENDANT. The Victorians were a bit obsessed with DEATH and Mourning the DEAD so because of this there are LOVELY OLD CROSSES for us to purchase. The CROSS is made of a MATERIAL called GUTTA PERCHA or VULCANITE, this was a Natural Man Made Material. The GUTTA PERCHA was made from a TREE SAP with other elements. The Material was used to make Household Items like Frames as well as lots of Styles of Black VICTORIAN JEWELRY. Although these PIECES often look as they were made by being carved they were not, they were PRESSED into a MOLD. When doing my research for VICTORIAN BLACK so called (Mourning Jewelry) I found out that while the VICTORIANS did wear this LOVELY BLACK JEWELRY when in MOURNING they also just wore BLACK JEWELRY alone because they felt it was ELEGANT and CHIC to wear, and I would have to agree with this myself! I LOVE wearing BLACK because its SIMPLE and CHIC. The CROSS in this Necklace has a Wonderful Design with Scalloping, Geometric Angular Panels and Tiny Balls at the Tips. The Style of the CROSS is TIMELESS, ELEGANT.The Cross is in Excellent Condition, no doubt well taken care of by its Victorian owner. The CROSS has a completely Flat Back. The CROSS is a Nice Large Size measuring 3 inches high by 2 inches wide. When I started thinking of making this Necklace when I purchased this CROSS from England around the same time I found a RARE SWALLOW BROOCH that just called out to me to be used with this LOVELY CROSS. The BIRD BROOCH is also an OLD VICTORIAN ERA PIECE and it measures 1,1/2 inches wide by 1 inch high. The BROOCH is a REVERSE GLASS HAND PAINTED PIECE. The BROOCH is completely enclosed with a BRASS FRAME which protects this Hand Painted Treasure from being Damaged by Water or Moisture. While there quite a few of these REVERSE GLASS HAND PAINTED BROOCHES on the market for sale it is difficult to find the REVERSE GLASS BIRD BROOCHES. The BIRD BROOCHES have become SO POPULAR to use in ARTISAN JEWELRY because most buyers LOVE BIRDS, as I do ALSO! The BROOCH had a VICTORIAN C CLASP on the back which I removed. The BROOCH is in EXCELLENT CONDITION with only a Fleabite to the DOME GLASS TOP which does not even show at all in the High Resolution Close Up Photo. The COLORS in the SWALLOW are Shades of GREY with a Little Pink on the Swallows Belly. This is what inspired me to use this Piece with the VICTORIAN CROSS, the COLORS in the Bird Brooch were PERFECT with the CROSS. I have made a SIMPLE CHAIN for the CROSS using an ANTIQUE FRENCH SOUVENIR HAND MADE WOODEN BEAD ROSARY. These HAND MADE ROSARIES were sold to Visitors who came to the LOURDES HOLY SITE on Pilgrimage. The HEART CENTER of this ROSARY was carved with French Souvenir Lourdes Rosary. These BEAUTIFUL BEADS are a LARGE SIZE and some of them even have a few MARKS left in the WOOD by the ARTISAN as the WOOD was carved to form a BEADS. Each ONE of these WOODEN BEADS is a One of a Kind and UNIQUE. Since this is a VERY OLD ROSARY there were some areas of the WIRE used to connect the ROSARY BEADS had become RUSTY so I made the decision to completely remake the ROSARY CHAIN with Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver Wire. Doing this does in no way make the ROSARY look different from the Original Wire but makes the ROSARY be secure from breakage and prevents Rust from getting on the owners clothes. The CLASP in the Necklace is a Silver Plated Victorian HAND HOLDING SNAKE Shepherds Hook which hooks into an Oval Sterling Silver Connector. The approximate inside Necklace measurement is 21 inches long and the total length of the Necklace with the CROSS measures 30 inches long with a 1,1/2 inch Extension Chain. All Connectors in the Necklace are Oxidized Dark Sterling Silver although not Marked 925, Test for Sterling Silver with the only the Clasp Hook being Silver Plated as stated. I have added a few Tiny Black Gold Sparkle Ribbon to add a Vintage Feel to the Necklace. If you are not a Ribbon person the Ribbon can easily be taken off. A Tiny Sterling Silver Fleur de Lis Charm drapes off the end of the Extension Chain. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers.This is a LOVELY FAITH INSPIRED NECKLACE! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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