Splendid French Jet Bib Necklace
Can't you just imagine this necklace under a distingué French white button-down blouse; then dressing for dinner and changing clothes but not the jewel. This superb bib festoon necklace of French jet is absolutely smashing on the neck. The surface of each bead, whether oval, round square or hexagonal, is faceted to catch the light with every subtle movement. Cool to the touch and with light clinking sounds when the beads meet, this collar will have everyone wondering where to find one.
French jet is a type of glass produced in the late 19th century. It is often backed with a lacquered japanned finish (as it is here), and was used in all manner of jewelry, from the most sedate, to this – the most chic and bold. Each flattened bead is linked by japanned metal and still retains its jet-studded brass clasp that slides together. One hundred and ten (110) separate jet elements are arranged in a fringed festoon necklace.
Measures 15/16 inches wide at back; 16 inches long; with a 4-1/8 inch drop (2.3 cm by 39.7 cm long and 10.4 cm drop). In excellent condition with light wear to the reverse. Circa 1870.