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    Posted 5 years ago

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    I spotted this in a joblot of jewellery on everybody's favourite auction site. It was hidden amongst some more contemporary jewellery and bought it thinking it may be Jet. However, after much research, a few little tests and hours cleaning and squinting into a loupe I'm pretty sure it's Irish Bog Oak. It cleaned up quite nicely and it does seem to have some age to it. I have seen pictures of similar styles from the Victorian Era and I think this may be from late on in that era after the Queen had started to allow bits of colour back into jewellery on the court ladies. I love it anyway and often wander about the house wearing it, calling out for the ghost of Prince Albert. He hasn't turned up yet, but it amuses Husband, who thinks I look more like one of Macbeth's witches every day with all my bone, and horn, and jet jewellery.
    Any input would be appreciated, as ever.
    Thanks for looking.
    Mand xx

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    1. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Nice necklace, how can you tell bogoak from other types of wooden beads? I have never seen bogoak in real life.
      Love the part about the ghost by the way :)
      I can tell you also love jewelry!

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