Victorian Niello Sterling/10kt Double-Sided Locket
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 and enamel-like substance made of alloys of sulfur, copper, silver and lead and used as an inlay on engraved metal.
This fantastic locket from the Victorian era (ca1880) is a wonderful example of the Niello art form! The double-sided piece holds a round glass frame in the center of a sterling silver border. The frame opens from the front, perfect for storing a special photograph inside. A striped Niello pattern decorates both sides of the sterling frame, and four 10kt rose gold accents hug the edges. Attached to the top is a simple bail, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. This unusual Victorian piece is has a marvelous look and would make a lovely addition to any Niello collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs a 1 1/2" long (including the bail) and has a 1 1/8" diameter.
Condition: Besides normal surface wear, the overall condition of the locket is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the sterling setting, or hinged glass frame, and the striped Niello motif remains intact. The bail is secure and in good condition.