This dramatic bead embroidered collar was inspired by Victorian mourning jewelry. It’s an heirloom quality, statement jewelry piece – you’re sure to turn heads when wearing it!
MEASUREMENTS + MATERIALS
✭ Pendant measures approximately 6″ wide by 6.5″ high.
✭ The neckline is about 20″.
✭ Hand crafted using antique French jet, vintage glass cameos, Swarovski crystal, glass seed beads, Venetian lace, and leather.
At the center of the collar is a 1960’s vintage glass cameo, surrounded by extremely rare and unusual French jet beads/sew ons. “French jet” is actually black glass, and sew on (or “nailhead”) beads such as these were manufactured for the garment industry in the late 1800’s on through the 1920’s. This collar showcases several particularly unusual cuts and shapes, such as hexagons and leaves.
This piecee also makes use of “newer” faceted glass cabochons from the 1960’s. These are surrounded with contemporary glass seed beads in a variety of sizes and finishes, which lend texture and depth to the piece. The collar is also studded with Swarovski lead crystal beads, which add a gorgeous sparkle. These beads, along with faceted Czech glass, are also found in the neckline.
The necklace’s centerpiece measures approximately 6″ wide by 6.5″ high, and the neckline is about 20″ all together. It fastens with a hand beaded clasp with a vintage glass button toggle. Please note that some of the French jet beads do show wear, as is typical for glass of this age. To my eye, this adds to the beauty and character of the piece.