Amazing antique shakudo parure, comprising a necklace, earrings and ring. Shakudo is the Japanese art of mixed metals, originally used to decorate weapons and armor. When Samurai warriors were banned in the third quarter of the 19th century, artisans turned to jewelry and other objets d’art. Shakudo motifs often depict birds and flowers and this set is a perfect design example. The ring features two birds amid blossoms under a moon half-covered with clouds. The earrings display the same scene, minus the clouds and moon. The silver rope twist necklace suspends five panels, all somewhat different, with different species of birds and flora. At some time in the past, these pieces were probably reset and backed with silver. Chain is marked “925” (for sterling) and “Italy” and measures 20”; earrings are 1 5/8” from hook to tip; ring size 5.