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Victorian 60" Niello Guard Chain


This 19th century 60" guard chain is made with niello, a dark metallic alloy of sulfur with silver and/or copper that's used to fill in etches and grooves in metal (typically silver). Sometimes misnamed "black enamel," niello technique spread throughout Europe during the late Iron Age and is common in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and other types of Early Medieval jewelry. In this piece, grooves were created in the necklace's long twisted links, these indentations were then filled with the black-toned material. Gold links alternate with the niello and silver to create a fantastic three-tone effect.


  • Materials

    9k rose gold, niello silver

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - a couple spots of wear to the niello on the dog clip

  • Size

    60" length





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.