This spectacular Victorian vulcanite locket bangle features a flower and foliate design in high relief, surrounding at the locket base is a wreath flourished with foliage, acorn's and a bow placed at the bottom. Inside the locket reveals a beautiful ornate pattern to both sides along with the original metal frame and glass. The tapered cuff is made from one piece and is flexible allowing it to accommodate different sized wrist, it measures 32mm (3.2cm) wide at top to 20mm (2.0cm) wide at back. The colour of this piece is a very dark brown-khaki/ black colour.
This is a superb Victorian mourning piece to be worn or collected.
Vulcanite was used to imitate jet in the Victorian mourning period. Vulcanite is essentially a rubber compound that has been hardened with chemicals and heat. It was discovered around 1839 and vulcanite was patented by Charles Goodyear in 1846. Vulcanite items can be highly polished black when manufactured but overtime the colour fade's to a dark brown and is accelerated if the vulcanite is continually exposed to strong light.