Jet Anchor on Sterling & Gun Metal Chain by Ancient Influences
- $ 795.00
- $ 795.00
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Anchors aweigh! This nautical necklace has an unusual dark glamour and a bold graphic appeal. A large anchor of glossy black jet hangs on a chain of sterling silver married to gun metal links. The silver elongated rolo chain is English, and it dates to the 1880s. The short segment of gun metal trombone chain, circa 1860, is positioned jauntily. Carved jet links and sterling rings form a drop that suspends the anchor. The anchor began its life as a brooch, it was converted into a pendant at some point in its long life. Anchors are a symbol of faith and were a popular motif in Victorian jewelry.
Jet was made popular in the mid Victorian period. Queen Victoria was in mourning for her husband for decades; as a result mourning attire became fashionable in society. The naturally black color of jet made it a logical material for use in the mourning jewelry worn at that time. Jet (petrified lignite coal) was mined in Whitby, England and the majority of jet jewelry from the 19th Century was made in England.
Details.....This chain is 18" long. The anchor measures 1.77" by 3.52" and the drop, including jet links, is 5.2" long.
Each item from this line of jewelry is unique and incorporates re-purposed vintage and antique pieces. Small imperfections are to be expected and considered part of their charm.