Sterling Silver and 14k Rose Gold Niello Locket
This turn-of-the-century piece is a charming Niello locket. This piece is made of sterling silver and 14kt rose gold.
Niello comes from the Latin word Nigellus which translates as “blackened”. In jewelry, Niello refers to a black metallic alloy of sulfur, copper, or lead that have been used to decorate a metal surface (usually silver), much like in the way that enamel is applied.
This charming piece is finely decorated with Niello designs. Truly, this was crafted at the hands of a master! On the front of the locket are beautiful lines that meet a solid Niello background, which is then accented by the stunning 14kt rose gold horseshoe. Although this piece is unmarked, I have acid-tested it as Niello, sterling silver, and 14kt rose gold.
This piece is in excellent condition for its age and contains all its original parts! This includes the beautiful original glass inside the locket. This piece opens well and closes securely. Its bale is a generous size so it can accommodate chains of varying lengths. On the back of the piece there are some missing Niello lines, however they are not noticeable when worn.
This piece has an approximate diameter of 1 1/4”. This piece weighs approximately 9.30 grams!
This piece is perfectly androgynous and would make a fabulous gift for anyone! Alternatively, keep this special piece for yourself and marvel at the new addition to your fine jewelry collection!
DIAMETER: 1 in | HEIGHT: 1 in
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