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Antique Victorian Large Niello Heart Locket and Chain



We are excited to show this magical example of Niello jewelry in the shape of a grand sized heart with small geometric squares covering the entire surface. .The tiny squares on the silver were made by a jeweler who incised lines on the metal and filled them in with a black metallic amalgam. How time intensive and exacting the process must have been. Doesn't seem there is room for error. The color of the darker silver is shimmering. This piece is accompanied by a simple, satin toned silver book chain that is a perfect foil for the patterned heart. It has just the perfect amount of texture with its rectangular and round links and small silver balls to give interest yet emphasize the locket. The pieces were made between c.1860 and 1880. The niello was made at this time by French or Russian jewelers. The chain in likely English. It measures 19 inches in length. Add the Heart measurements which are : 1 1/2 inches wide, 2 inches high with its lovely original bale. Weight is 32.9 grams. The chain is 19 inches long and weighs 46.9 grams.


  • Metal
  • Dimensions
    Height: 2 in. (50.8 mm)Width: 1.50 in. (38.1 mm)Length: 19 in. (482.6 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    c. 1860-c,1870
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Stamford, CT
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 41601stDibs: LU3210616812

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    Ships From: Stamford, CT
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    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

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