This antique Victorian necklace is circa 1880. It is gutta percha, which was actually an early thermoplastic made from certain Malaysian trees. during the mourning period of Queen Victoria, following the death of her beloved Albert in 1861, the country also went into mourning. In lieu of gold and gemstones the jewelry of the court was black. Jet and gutta-percha, became the accepted jewelry for mourning.
This necklace is unusual in its link and in its bold size. So modern in appearance, it almost defies its age.
I have replaced the original clasp with a large oxidized sterling silver bolt ring which is secure and easy to use.
The necklace measures 17 3/4 inches long. The largest link measures a bold 1 1/4 inches x 3/4 inches.
The color is the darkest brown/black. Excellent condition
I love it as a unique statement wearing a casual shirt, as seen in the photo.
England, circa 1860
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