A Victorian necklace of English moulded glass beads. This very long strand of black beads has the dark sparkle we love. The beads are freshly hand knotted on black silk. Circa 1880.
Queen Victoria was in mourning for her husband for decades, and mourning required the wearing of black clothing and jewelry. The Queen was the primary arbiter of fashion, therefore mourning attire became fashionable at Court and in society in general. Jet, a material naturally black in color, was in high demand as were other black materials such as onyx, bog oak, black glass, vulcanite, etc.
Details.....The necklace measures 44" long. The beads measure 8.9mm. In Very Good Antique condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels, we consider it a part of their charm.