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Antique Lava Necklace C.1880

Antique Lava Necklace C.1880

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Continental: Pre 1900: Item # 1431630
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Lovely gray lava beads which were inspired by the ruins of Pompeii in Italy. Lava jewelry was actually made from the lava of Mt. Vesuvius as souvenir jewelry fro travelers on the Grand Tour. Notice how the beads are properly graduated, as one would only see on early jewelry made before mass production. The smallest beads at the clasp gradually getting larger until the central bead, which is appropriately the largest and the place where the eye is drawn to.