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Antique Black Glass and Jet Beaded Necklace - Victorian Womens Mourning Beads

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This necklace has 5 stands of black glass beads twisted to fit a choker length. The only part that is actually jet on this is the connector where the beads are attached. This does test as Victorian jet.(see clarification below). The clasp appears to be brass and some tarnish. There is one ring that looks newer and is probably a replacement.

The length is 16" - each bead is 5mm.

Jet is often confused as black glass, so here is a definition I found to be good information: Definition: a type of fossilized driftwood (similar to coal), hard and black or very dark brown in color; capable of being carved, faceted and polished to a soft warm sheen; found principally in Yorkshire, England, but also in Spain, France's Aude region, Germany and other parts of northern Europe, Asia and North America; while used for jewelry by the ancient Romans, and sporadically in Europe thereafter, jet flourished in the 19th century, as one of the few substances considered appropriate for mourning jewelry (though it was worn outside of mourning too); declined after 1875. Taken from About Antiques.com

Antique Black Glass and Jet Beaded Necklace - Victorian Womens Mourning Beads

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