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Silver and Gold Niello Linked with Locket Pendant, c.1890

Silver and Gold Niello Linked with Locket Pendant, c.1890

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1431091
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The rare fob pendant that is 3 pieces in 1; it includes a beautiful large niello dog clip which attaches to 3 niello links which further attaches to a 2 compartment round locket, .75 inches in diameter.. Long and elegant, the dog clip allows you to connect the pendant from any metal chain. The beauty of niello is that the colors work equally well with yellow gold, rose gold, silver, or even a niello chain. The locket has 2 compartments from which to hold photos. This niello technique derives from the Latin form of niger, meaning black. The jewelry artist would start with a design a pattern on paper, usually floral or geometric. He would then engrave the pattern on silver, and by filling the recesses with a silver, copper, lead and sulphur alloy he would create a strikingly geometric and modern pattern on the silver piece. Niello has a very characteristic look, and once you have seen it, it is very recognizable.