French Jet Egyptian Revivalist Pendant Necklace
This French Jet Egyptian Revivalist* inspired pendant was purchased as the last known made by an elderly maker decades ago in the former Czechoslovakia. They are set (soldered and fused) with hand cut glass stones over 100 years old in traditional mounts used by his family from the the late 1800s -1930s. French jet jewellery was made from shiny black glass, which was cut and backed, with black-coated steel early last century when Whitby jet (an organic rock from coal) was banned.
The pharoah centre piece is moulded turquoise glass, offset by geo patterns of squares and triangles.
Every piece is remarkable, individual and is a one off.
History: The fashion for jet jewellery started in the 1800’s as mourning jewellery, when Queen Victoria wore a necklace to a banquet after the death of her cousin. Before long, jet (high-grade fossilised pine) was considered the only suitable material for mourning. By the end of the 19th century imitations of jet were being made in costume jewellery in Bohemia for French designers. (hence the name “French jet”)
This pendant comes packed in a gift box and is for the dreamers, the go-getters, and the style makers –
* With the popularity of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922, Egyptian art became an influence on fashion and jewellery.
Pendant is 10cm which dangles off a beaded necklace made from small seed beads and crystals
Black and Greeny Turquoise