These hand carved jet beads were salvaged off of a Victorian dress that was completely disintegrating. Each bead was carved over 100 years ago. It's amazing to me that these beads are so old, yet have a modern vibe.
The material is Jet, which is either fossilized wood or fossilized bog-wood (not the French glass, imitation jet).
Jet became popular in the late 1800's as Queen Victoria's mourning jewelry after her husband, Prince Albert died - she would not abide any other jewelry except black jewelry worn at her court.
Chain is about 16" long, making the necklace about 17" total, each also has a 1" extender chain. The wire curve is adjustable.