Victorian Niello Cross on a Rope chain

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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.
Details
Place of Origin
France or Russia
Date of Manufacture
c.1870 or earlier
Condition
Fine
Dealer Location
Hastings on Hudson, NY
Number of Items
1
Reference Number
J13061332815
Address
Glorious Antique Jewelry
P.O. Box 444
Hastings on Hudson NY 10706
US
(347) 934-4847
1stdibs Dealer since 2009 Located in Hastings on Hudson, NY
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