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Antique Vulcanite longuard chain necklace, mourning

Antique Vulcanite longuard chain necklace, mourning

Regular price £449.00 GBP
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You can't fail to be enchanted by this beautiful, rare antique Victorian vulcanite longuard chain necklace.

It has chunky rounded diamond shaped links in rich inky black vulcanite, the necklace is an unusually long length for such a chunky piece, this necklace makes a real statement and is a truly exceptional piece of mourning jewellery.

The chain has a small black enamelled metal dog clip fastener for hanging a locket or pendant.

Vulcanite was a popular material for use in mourning jewellery due to the dark aesthetic that it produced and was a common alternative to jet.

What is Vulcanite? A hardened rubber discovered in the 1830s by Charles Goodyear, it was commonly used as an alternative to Whitby Jet and often in mourning Jewellery, it was easier to produce and more readily available.

Nowadays original Vulcanite jewellery is increasingly hard to find and very popular amongst jewellery collectors.

This is a beautiful piece, lovely and chunky with a surprisingly modern look to it.

Marks and era:
Unmarked, Late Victorian era c1880s.

Good used condition overall with signs of age and use, surface wear commensurate with age, some very minor fade in small areas black colour having a khaki brown showing through.

Approx measurements:
46" chain length
Links Approx 0.5" width at the widest point

Approx 54 grams weight

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