A Victorian necklace of black English moulded glass beads. This long strand of beads has a lovely glossy glitter. 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 37" long. The beads measure 6.7mm. In Very Good Antique condition. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique jewels, we consider it a part of their charm.
Item number n8029.