A rare and fantastic Victorian vulcanite necklace created from 18x15mm links with a 2 inch high cross. This has a very deep chocolate brown color that looks almost black in some lighting. I took several photos so you can get an idea of the true color (see the cross closeup for what I consider to be the closest to ambient lighting). It is not as black as Whitby jet due to age. All of the findings are original brass and this would have been suitable as a full mourning necklace. This was purchased from the estate of an antique dealer in NY.
In excellent condition with all the original findings. It is extremely rare to find a vulcanite necklace like this! There is patina and aging of the metal but other than that there are just tiny scratches here and there, a very small nick on the back of the cross and a little bit of dust on the inside of some of the links. I did the bare minimum of cleaning with a soft cloth.
To care for vulcanite: Vulcanite was created in the 1830's by Charles Goodyear. It was created by combining tree rubber and sulfur. It will last for many years but should be protected from sunlight which can cause it to fade. You should not get it wet and clean with just a soft cloth.