I have always loved the artistry of niello for its subtle beauty, and this long 800 silver niello chain is an exquisite example. Niello. is the term used to define the process of fusing silver,copper,lead and sulphur and then pouring the melted metals on to incised silver. The patterns created in the silver are then filled with the fused metals. The result is unique, and when accented with rose gold vermeil it is transformed into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
This particular chain measures 56 inches long X 1/8 inches wide, and can be wrapped around the neck three times, or worn long. The chain is beautifully finished, smooth to the touch and bearing an original, glorious patina. The rose gold vermeil, is rich in color and a perfect foil for the gray/black niello links. The pattern is refined, with three links of twisted niello alternating with he rose gold. It terminates with a spring ring and dog clip. This makes it possible to add a pendant of choice, or to were the chain alone.
Rare to find long niello chains and rarer still to find one in superb condition. Marked 800 for silver content on an end link. 27.7 grams.
French circa 1890