Made out of rough material from Whitby, England, this item is a hand cut freeform shaped bead dangle mourning gem which measures 29x12x8mm with a 2mm side drill hole. This piece has a one polished face and one natural face, with polished sides. Naturally JET BLACK! A truly unique mourning altar piece made out of one of the few actually organic gemstones! The dark grey line in this piece is not a fracture! They are inclusions typical of Whitby jet.
Chain not included. See the rest of my listings in my DVHdesigns Etsy and eBay stores for more WHITBY, TENNESSEE, and RUSSIAN JET, focal beads, custom cut cabochons, genuine jet mourning beads, sterling chains just for beads, and more! Also, feel free check out my DVHdesigns website where you can see what I'm up to in the studio, as well as learn more about me, my work, and my upcoming show-lecture schedule.
Although this is a contemporary jet mourning bead, I listed it under vintage because there is currently no category for contemporary mourning jewelry. It's a bead as a metaphor. One can also think of it in terms of how this millions of years old piece of fossilized wood has broken or cracked, and yet remained intact. Just as grief has broken one's heart it will also remain intact. Changed, broken, and still beautiful. Jet has been used as traditional mourning jewelry since early Victorian times. Check out my eBay store for more jet beads, cabs, and talismans! This would look nice strung with other mourning beads or alone on a cord, chain, or cable.