Victorian Niello and 9k Gold Chain

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This 19th century English-made chain was fashioned 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 and twists were created in the necklace's silver links. These indentations were then filled with the black-toned material to create lovely contrast and dimension. Gold fill links alternate with the niello and silver to create a fantastic two-tone effect. 

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  • Materials: neillo 800 silver, rolled gold
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 16.5" length, links are 3/8" wide, 3/4" diameter spring ring
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About Details

This 19th century English-made chain was fashioned 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 and twists were created in the necklace's silver links. These indentations were then filled with the black-toned material to create lovely contrast and dimension. Gold fill links alternate with the niello and silver to create a fantastic two-tone effect. 

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  • Materials: neillo 800 silver, rolled gold
  • Age: c. 1880
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 16.5" length, links are 3/8" wide, 3/4" diameter spring ring
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