Like a ruffle, the Berlin Iron Lyre necklace is a dramatic and historic display. It was forged in the early 1800's, the period when Germany was trading iron jewelry for gold due to its dire economic condition after the war with Napolean. Each link holds a small cameo of iron backed with mirrored steel. There are anchors for loyalty, roses, birds with forget me nots, and classical portraits. Berlin iron jewelry holds strong historic value and has always been rare. Most examples are in museum collections in Europe. This necklace, a collectors dream, is a wonder to behold and in excellent condition. Measurements 15 1/2 inches of iron each link graduated from1 inch to 1 5/8 inches in height.