Vintage Jet beads Necklace

VICTORIAN jet necklace


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During part of the Victorian period from about 1860 to 1890 black jewelry was the height of fashion and black was a stylish color, not just an ornament of mourning. Made of jet, vulcanite, bog oak or pressed horn, each could carried special meaning as a memento of a loved one or a sentiment. A brooch in the shape of a hand carrying a bouquet conveyed a message symbolized by the flowers. Photos might be housed inside lockets and watch fobs, and portraits hand painted on pendants and earrings. While some black jewelry was meant to be worn during mourning, black jewelry was fashionable when not in mourning as well, and worn for its beauty and sentiment.

VICTORIAN Whitby jet carved and graduated beads necklace, circa 1870. Each bead is hand carved and graduated to fashion this lovely necklace. A copy of a carte de visite of a lady wearing a similar three-strand necklace of carved jet beads and a jet brooch shows how it was worn. This necklace was seen in "Antiques & Collecting Magazine" page 49, October 2008 in an article about Victorian jet jewellery called Black Magic by Anna Marie Roos, Ph. D. View View View View View View View #V33037

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing three long strands of jet beads, 2-1/2" by 4". "Artist & Photographer T. Brooks, 24 Coney Street, York". View View #Vkph23

VICTORIAN Whitby jet facet or cant beads, 56" long with faceted graduated beads from 3/4" down to 1/3". A carte de visite shows a lovely lady wearing beads much like this strand. The photo is dated on the back 1871. View View View #V32623

VICTORIAN lady wearing elaborate jet necklace, a chalcedony brooch and a vulcanite hair comb. Carte de viste marked on front and back "John Fergus, Largs". View

VICTORIAN lady wearing jet portrait earrings and a black velvet ribbon with a pendant. View

VICTORIAN lady wearing elaborate vulcanite drops necklace. View

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