Gutta percha, a cousin of rubber, was a material extracted from the resin of tropical trees. When the popularity of black jewelry exploded in the later 1800s, jewelers used all kinds of materials to achieve the uniformly dark appearance that social custom dictated. During periods of mourning, jewelry or adornment not only had to be dark in color, but also matte. Gutta percha fit the bill.
1837 — 1901
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.