Pronounced Demand for Jet
The demand for jet, which is now so apparent in Paris, has already had its effect in this country, and considerable jet jewelry is being sold. In Paris jet has taken on a particular importance. The number of people there in mourning and the general desire to wear only very sober jewels is the cause of this vogue. They sometimes attract people who are not absolutely compelled to choose black. Around the neck they put narrow ribbons of black velvet, or better still, insertions of Chantilly with a jet clasp and a jet plaque worked and perforated.
In hair ornaments jet is pre-eminent. In many of the new pins for the hair the shaped part is covered with tiny dull beads and the border of polished cut jet. In back combs and ornaments such as tiaras, etc., the designs are usually extremely light. Some of them have light, fine antennas in imitation of an ostrich feather or a hair ribbon, but they often attain the importance of real diamonds.
Jet pendants are similar to the jewel pendants ornamented with real or artificial stones, many being close copies of those most popular. Sometimes small fine paste stones brighten them up, in black and white effect. For certain highly priced pieces onyx is employed. In this class are crosses of onyx ornamented with fine beads. The question of mourning jewels has put the amethyst also in favor.
Rhinestone hair ornaments are beautiful, shown with the evening gowns. Most of these are in crescent moon effects, both in rhinestones and colored stones. Others show rhinestone tracery in high ornamental combs of tortoise shell; and very often just the large carved tortoise shell comb supports the puff of hair in back.
Source: Notions and Fancy Goods - February 1917