Fabulous Single Strand Large Jet Beads Hand Knotted Necklace
$395.00 This Glorious single strand of 10 mm, highly polished jet beads is from the mid-20th century. There is a slight variation in size due to the hand work of these beads. These necklaces were worn as mourning pieces. This beauty is hand knotted with black silk thread in between each bead. The necklace is 30" long and has no clasp and the weight is 96.10 grams.This outstanding necklace has exquisitely hand rounded and hand drilled, glowing in deepest black beads. The beads are not all drilled in the perfect middle which causes them to sit a little off on the string. The beads have an awesome glow. Upon very close inspection with magnification, there are no noticeable chips, no cracks, losses or other issues, but some have very small spots of 'organic' flaws. This necklace is in excellent condition.
Jet is a semi-precious stone which was formed from fossilized wood some 175 million years ago, and has been used for thousands of years. The finest quality jet can only be found near the historic fishing town of Whitby in North Yorkshire. When jet is polished it takes on an intense waxy luster of the deepest opaque black. Jet has been associated with mourning in the Royal Court since 1830, but it was the deaths of the Duke of Wellington and Prince Albert in 1852 and 1861, which really stimulated wider public demand for jet mourning jewelry. The Whitby jet industry was at it's height in 1873. Jet was also very expensive to buy, so it was often worn as a sign of wealth, social position and status as much as a public display of grief.
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