French jet is actually black glass used to simulate Whitby jet. It was frequently used as mourning jewelry throughout the 19th Century. The glass is highly polished and became popular because it was cheaper and easier to produce than Whitby jet and has a cool feel to the touch.
Black jewelry was popular in England went into mourning after the passing of her husband. She wore black "everything", and set the fashion trend . Although much of the jewelry was depressing, this necklace presents a "Wow" factor.
The necklace measures 16 inches and fits the average neck beautifully. The bib section drops 4 inches. Each piece is fitted with a black metal backing. No chips or cracks are visible. It would add drama to your jewelry collection.