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Victorian Niello Cross on a Rope Chain

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900: Item # 1209956

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Victorian Niello Cross on a Rope Chain

All geometry, this simple cross is covered at front with minute squares of silver. In the late Victorian period, French and Russian jewelers made pieces using a silver technique known as niello. They heated, to melting, a mixture of silver, copper, sulphur and lead to create a gunmetal or charcoal grey tone, and poured it on to silver which had previously been gouged with minute continuous patterns that were geometric or taken from nature. The jewel was then polished. In fine condition, even the bale bears niello work.

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