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C1900 Niello chain 60â

C1900 Niello chain 60”

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1426594
Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room
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Baltimore, Maryland 21212
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This lovely chain was made from links that were made from a an ancient technique of decorating silver which was revived in the 19th century and adopted by English jewelry artisans. This technique is called niello, which derives from the Latin form of niger, or black. The designs are created by engraving geometric patterns, stripes, or squares on silver and filling the recesses with a silver, copper, lead and sulphur alloy. The niello links have a polished feel and are strikingly modern looking. The alternating links are a rose gold. The necklace comes with an attached niello clip and bolt ring with their own striped niello design, as can be seen in the photos. The pendant shown in the photos does not come with the chain, it is shown as an example a pendant that works well with niello. This is the rare chain that can look equally well with a silver, rose gold, or black enamel pendant.