For LOVER,S of VICTORIAN JEWELRY here is a BEAUTIFUL VICTORIAN LARGE LINK GUTTA PERCHA CROSS NECKLACE. It Amazes ME that the Victorians were so Contemporary in there TIME over 100 Years ago. This Necklace has a Very Bold Design and could have easily been a Design done in our MODERN DAY. The Necklace is in EXCELLENT CONDITION for its AGE and is made of GUTTA PERCHA. GUTTA PERCHA also called VULCANITE is a Man Made Material that was considered to be the first form of Plastic although it in NO WAY looks PLASTIC. It is made from the SAP of an EXOTIC TREE along with other Materials. When I have drilled into a GUTTA PERCHA PIECE of Jewelry it smells like a Tree Sap. The GUTTA PERCHA has a Flat Black Finish and sometimes the Color may be a Dark Brown. During the VICTORIAN PERIOD (1837-1901) the Period of Time when QUEEN VICTORIA reigned over GREAT BRITAIN was a Prosperous Time. During this Time there was a flourishing Jewelry Manufacturing Business in England and many Pieces of Mourning Jewelry were made. Materials like Natural Jet, Bog Oak and GUTTA PERCHA were commonly used to make this DARK JEWELRY. The GUTTA PERCHA was Very Durable and was often used to make Household Items like Picture Frames as well as the DARK JEWELRY. When I was researching Mourning Jewelry I was surprised to find that Victorians did not only wear this DARK JEWELRY when in Mourning for a LOVED ONE but as well wore it ANYTIME for any Occasion because they considered CHIC and ELEGANT and I agree with this! While we all like to wear appropriate Jewelry for an Occasion and unfortunately we all at some point in our lives will have to attend a friend or family members MEMORIAM. This Necklace, a Simple Black Necklace, is especially appropriate to wear to a MEMORIAM. And while this Necklace may have been made or considered to be a Victorian Mourning Necklace I do not describe it as such because the Victorians wore this DARK JEWELRY for all Occasions. This is what I discovered when researching the VICTORIAN History of MOURNING JEWELRY! While GUTTA PERCHA Jewelry may appear as if its been carved it actually is made by casting it into a MOLD. This Necklace has a SIMPLE, ELEGANT DESIGN with a Oval Shaped Large Link Chain. The Chain Links gradually get Smaller as you go back towards the Clasp in the Necklace. The Bottom Oval Links then connect to Round Shaped Links that the CROSS PENDANT hangs from. The CROSS PENDANT is also a Very Simple Design that works well with the Chain. This Necklace was made as One Piece of Jewelry and not put together as Two separate Pieces. The only thing I have altered in this Necklace is the CLASP. The Necklace Original Clasp was a Not Very Pretty or a Well Made CLASP so I decided to add a TOUCH OF GOTHIC to the Necklace. I have added NEW STERLING SILVER JUMP RINGS to attach 2 VICTORIAN RECAST SILVER PLATED HAND HOLDING SERPENT SHEPHERDS HOOKS. The only time I use reproduced PIECES in My Jewelry is when I use MINOR PIECES such as with CONNECTORS. I Never USE REPRODUCTIONS as MAIN PIECES in My ARTISAN JEWELRY. This RECAST SHEPHERDS HOOK is Cast from the ORIGINAL VICTORIAN HOOK. The 2 SHEPHERD HOOKS hook into each other. The Inside Necklace Length measures 22,1/2 inches long with the Total Length of the Necklace measurement being 30,1/2 inches long. The Photos of Necklace laying on Silver Tray show the Back and Front of the Necklace. The Necklace can be customized to the buyers preference. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. This Necklace would make a Wonderful Addition to your Victorian Jewelry Collection. This is a TIMELESS VICTORIAN NECKLACE, an HEIRLOOM that can be passed down to a LOVED ONE! Thanks for visiting FRENCEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE!
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