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Victorian Whitby Jet Bead Necklace

Item 11683

Although Whitby jet is a material amenable to carving, it takes a truly skilled artisan to produce such fine and small detailing. Intricate designs envelop the entire surface of each bead of jet. Graduated in size, the beads have been individually hand restrung onto string for security and an added spring type clasp provides more safety. The fineness and delicacy of the hand sculpt beads add a wondrous dimension rarely found in such a piece.

Measurement: 19 inches (48 cm) in total length including clasps. Beads range from 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) to 1/4 of an inch (0.7 cm) in diameter. This antique necklace has a weight of 16.1 grams (10.3 cm).

Condition: Very good; some beads have a bit of chipping to holes.

Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is English in origin.