Belfor Antiques

Antique Victorian French Jet Choker/Necklace/Steampunk/Gothic


Antique Victorian Matte French Jet Choker/Necklace            circa. 1880               United Kingdom

Usually french jet is brilliant, with a gloss finish.   This antique choker has a matte finish, which is rare.  Upon further research, we found that in the first year of mourning, it was customary for the widow to wear matte finished black jewelry.  After a month, gloss finish was worn.  The Victorians had a prescribed method for dealing with death.  This was one of them

The necklace can be adjusted in length from 14 inches to 15 1/2 inches due to the chain in the back, which is a replacement.  The six center drops are a total of 1 inch in length    The round black, faceted matte beads on either side  are 1/2 inch in diameter   Total weight of the necklace is 35.7 g.      22.9 dwt

In pristine condition

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