For ages now, I have been enamored with Victorian mourning jewelry and finally found a piece I have always coveted...this gutta percha long locket necklace. I know it was produced around 1850-1860 and during the era, used to hold photos commemorating the loss of a loved one. Now that may seem a bit avant garde to some being it has to do with death, but it is such a cool chunky big piece that works with today's styles. Gutta-percha comes from a rubber tree indigenous to Malaysia and used in mourning jewelry because it was dark and could be easily carved into shapes. Now how ingenious were those Victorians? The product is used today in dentistry of all things!
To all of you who sent good thoughts our way yesterday with the flooding...we were blessed (if you can call it a blessing!) with temps in the teens last night along with 2-3" of fresh snow which seems to have slowed Mother Nature down a degree or two. Now we'll wait for the warm temps to roll into full gear again. The wonderful part about living in ND are the pragmatic people that take a challenge and just get on with it!