French Jet Victorian Necklace Mourning Jewelry
Circa 1850 Victorian black French jet mourning jewelry necklace! Jet elements are linked together forming a fluid bib in the front and connect to a double row of jet beads. The French glass cabochons are all faceted across the top so that the necklace reflects light beautiful with wonderful subtle movement from the fringe. Each glass element is backed with a black enamel metal frame. The piece is closed with two simple black metal hooks and eyes.
While black jewelry during this time was worn for mourning, it was also very fashionable and worn for its beauty and sentiment. This is a superb example of French Jet jewelry with the fine faceting and delicate work…perfect for the Victorian jewelry collector. A true piece of history perfect for today’s time!
Measurements: 15 inches with the links forming a gentle curve around the base of the neck. The fringe in the front dropping down 3 3/4 inches.
Condition: Very good with no chips or nicks the glass and the black enamel all intact with the closure working as it should. There are two round glass bead missing at the back near the clasp although difficult to see as the enamel is also black. One of the drops has a round bead instead of an oval. Overall, this is an excellent well cared for piece of antique Victorian jewelry!