Victorian Sterling Silver & Niello Circle Earrings
Niello is the art of ornamenting metal surfaces that is thought to have originated with the Egyptians and spread throughout Europe in the Middle Ages. It is enamel-like substance made alloys of sulfur, copper, silver and lead and used as an inlay on engraved metal.
A fabulous and unusual pair of Niello earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Each earring carries a simple yet stunning design and look wonderful on. Made of sterling silver, the earrings hang from a silver earring wire, which connects to a silver ball earring topper. Swinging from the surmount is a sun-like disc with a smooth finish. The surface of each earring has a beautiful Niello, patchwork design, while the back is simple sterling silver. They're beautiful earrings and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 1 3/8" at the longest point, have a diameter of 3/4", and are less than 1/8” thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear there is no apparent damage to the silver, niello or to the wires.