This bracelet was Morgan’s Grandmother’s. Before her Grandmother had it, it belonged to her Grandmother’s Aunt. As things tend to happen in families, objects somehow retain origins, but the materials of those objects become lost in time.
During my time in the jewelry industry, I’ve bought many estate jewelry collections from families who no longer wished to keep them. A ring with blue glass becomes a large “Sapphire” over the years, and Grandfather’s gold toned pocket watch becomes “solid gold.” The opposite has also happens- a “fake” ring mixed in with Great Aunt Mae’s costume jewelry turns out to be a diamond! The stories behind these pieces are what are treasured in a family, not the materials that the objects are made of. As is often the case, a piece like Morgan’s bracelet comes to her with a story of who the bracelet belonged to originally, but not what the bracelet is made of.
When I wrote the blog on how to identify Gutta Percha, Bog Oak, Jet and Vulcanite, I didn’t expect the kind of the response that I got from it. Thank you, all of you, for your response and kind words, but Thank You to Morgan especially who took the time to send me all the pictures I’m using here today. I'm thrilled to share the story of how one reader identified the material in your bracelet as jet.
If any of you have jewelry mysteries you want to solve in your own families, send me some pictures via my Facebook Page. I might be able to help you become a jewelry detective too!