Kirsten's Corner Jewelry

Antique Gutta Percha Mourning Necklace

This is a gorgeous gutta percha mourning necklace, made of many soft and flat oval links that have been hand-linked together. The chain is approximately 38 inches in length and can be worn around the neck twice because it is so generous. It has a great feel to the touch as gutta percha does, feeling lightweight and strong at the same time. Gutta percha is an organic material that was made popular in the Victorian era during the Queen's period of mourning, between the years of 1837 to 1901. Inward emotions were expressed and worn on the exterior; large dark colored gutta percha was the ideal choice to express the somber and romantic mood of this era.

Gutta percha, is an early form of rubber from trees in Southeast Asia, mostly Malaysia. It is a material that is flexible and strong, used to mold jewelry, so we can see the lines where the links are joined. It has a fantastic black matte color that holds quite well over time. The necklace is in great condition for its age, circa 1860. It is an incredible material, which holds quite well over time. The generous links (approximately 1/2 inch) on the necklace allow you to clip charms, or fasten other decorative elements to it. Alone, this necklace is very beautiful and a fine example of mourning era jewelry. A fantastic contemporary looking piece as well as a historical gem!

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