JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE
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JET AND SILVER VESTA BOX NECKLACE

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A jet chain hung with a vesta box with an inlaid picture of a Victorian lady. This Vesta was used in the Elvis movie starring Tom Hanks that was filmed at the Gold Coast Studios. 

It was purchased from a Queensland Antique market in Redland Bay and was sold back to them once the movie was finished.

Vesta boxes were produced extensively between 1890 - 1920. During this period, almost everyone carried Vesta ‘strike anywhere matches’, so they could light stoves, lanterns and other devices. Early matches were unreliable and prone to ignite from rubbing on one another or spontaneously, so most people carried a match safe (Vesta box) to house their matches. These were either held in a vest pocket or hung on a chatelaine.

Jet, a type of fossilized wood, was the rarest and most prized black material used to manufacture Victorian jewelry. It is light in weight, and soft and warm to the touch. Natural jet can be carved or faceted, but even when precisely cut, it shines rather than sparkles. Jet jewelry that was meant for first mourning (the first few months after loss) will be matte black rather than shiny, but not all jet jewelry was made for mourning.

The use declined after 1875, supplanted by cheaper options such as black onyx, black tourmaline, black glass ("French jet") and vulcanite.  Dwindling supplies of quality material, preferences for more delicate pieces (though light, jet jewelry tends to be large and massive-looking) and less rigid mourning-dress practices around the turn of the 20th century also contributed to a loss of interest in jet.

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