Contemporary Mourning Jewelry – Beaded Collar & Leather Cuff Bracelet


Contemporary beaded mourning collar and cuff.


This dramatic bead embroidered collar and leather cuff were inspired by Victorian mourning jewelry. These are heirloom quality, statement jewelry pieces – you’re sure to turn heads when wearing them!

The bead embroidered collar was entirely hand sewn. At the center 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.

The necklace 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 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, which is typical for glass of this age. To my eye, this adds to the beauty and character of the piece.

The leather cuff was crafted from fine tooling leather, which was hand cut, sculpted, dyed and painted black. The leather is accented with a hand sewn beaded medallion featuring a 1960’s vintage faceted French jet (AKA black glass) cabochon, studded with Swarovski crystals and Czech glass. The beadwork is backed with a gorgeous Venetian lace appliqué, adding luxurious texture and detail. The cuff laces up corset style, using beautiful black stretch lace. It will accommodate a wrist size of 6″ or greater.

This listing includes the necklace and the leather cuff bracelet. The beaded headdress and silvery beaded bracelet have sold.



Additional information

Weight6 oz
Dimensions20 × 6 × .75 in