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.
This wonderful Niello link bracelet is from the Victorian (ca1880) era and exemplary of the Niello art form. The chain link piece is comprised of twisted sterling enamel links alternating with complimenting twisted rose gold links, forming a very attractive Cuban link pattern. Each Niello patterned link is engraved and enameled all the way around in a traditional striped black and silver Niello motif. The clasp is incorporated into the design and has a safety chain for added security. The piece looks fabulous worn alone or would look fabulous layered with other complimentary pieces. A fantastic and unusual piece, it would be perfect for any Niello collector!
Measurements: The link bracelet measures 7 5/8" long, is 3/16" wide and 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver or Niello pattern and the clasp is secure and in good working condition.