VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE
FLEW DESIGNS

VULCANITE CROSS AND FOB NECKLACE

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A Victorian Vulcanite chain with a Vulcanite cross ornament and an antique sterling silver fob medal, hung with a silver chain and leather strap.

Vulcanite is a type of vulcanized rubber formed by combining sulphur and India rubber, then heating the mixture for several hours. Charles Goodyear is credited with developing the process, which he patented in 1844. Vulcanite can be white, black or various colors. As a result, in the mid and late-19th century, the hard substance was often used to imitate coral, tortoiseshell and jet - especially the latter, as dark pieces became more popular, especially with the prevalence of mourning jewelry.

Like jet, it's lightweight and warm or room temperature to the touch. Most vulcanite pieces are molded, as opposed to carved, and might seem more espresso-colored than black - the material turns brown over time and exposure to sunlight.

The well-dressed Victorian male followed a strict dress code that included only understated and essential functional jewellery items - a gentleman’s watch chain was one of the last areas of personal expression allowed by a restrained society. The end of the chain with the crossbar was inserted into the buttonhole and the watch was placed into the vest pocket. 

The fob was invented to make retrieving a pocket watch easier - this piece was usually a medal or crest that would hang over the front of the pocket and was anchored to the watch chain via a short chain or ribbon.

Flew Designs is the brand founded by local Melbourne-based jeweler and sculptor, Susie Lewis.