Antique Victorian Era French Jet Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Antique Victorian Era (1837-1901) French jet stretch bracelet with lozenge shaped beads secured on elastic black cord.
Measurements: French jet beads measures 0.90’’ in height. Bracelet is expandable and will fit a small to medium size wrist comfortably (up to 7 inches)
Weight: 16 grams
Condition: Bracelet is in very good antique condition with minor superficial imperfections (light scratches) to French jet beads that is due to age. There are no deeply cracked or dented beads.
The bracelet is not signed.
History: The Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) was named after Queen Victoria, whose reigned lasted from 1837-1901 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She is the second longest ruling monarch. There are three periods within the Victorian Jewelry Era: The Romantic Era (1837-60), The Grand Era (1861-1880), and the Aesthetic Era (1880-1901). Popular designs included the famous ‘mourning jewelry’ period within the Grand Era. The ‘Mourning’ Grand Era began after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed away. Queen Victoria went into a deep mourning stage while consistently wearing all black attire & jewelry. Mourning Jewelry was common in both the U.K and the U.S. Common jewelry characteristics within this period included black & gold enamel, monogrammed personal accessories, memorial sentimental jewelry such as strands of a deceased loved one’s hair or photograph. Common materials used were jet, onyx, gold, and glass. The last period within the Victorian Era was the Aesthetic Era, which emphasized Queen Victoria’s optimism and looking forward to brighter days.