Late Victorian 9kt/Sterling Niello Nautical Knot Bangle Bracelet
Niello is a blackened substance, which is comprised of metallic alloys (such as copper, silver, and lead) mixed with sulfur. Like enamel, it serves as a decorative overlay applied to etched metals, but was primarily used in silver, and was characterized by its black color and oxidized appearance. It originated in ancient Egypt and Rome, later spreading throughout Europe during the Medieval and Renaissance periods. It underwent a revival during the Victorian era and, by the early 20th century, the majority of Niello work was produced in the Russian town of Tula (sometimes referred to as "Tula Silver" or "Tula work"). Although Niello work has now been replaced by more modern techniques, it still is used in Thailand. However, the original antique Niello pieces have become very collectible!
A fantastic bracelet from the late Victorian (1900s) era! Crafted in sterling and 9kt rose gold overlay with a Niello surface, this beautiful bangle bracelet features a unique nautical style knot in the front. The 3-dimensional design is created with two open ended Niello tubes intertwining and overlapping with two rose gold plated accent loops. Eleven rose gold stars shine against the darkened surface of the bangle, giving another level of depth to the piece alongside the mixed metal knots. The hinged bangle is secured by a discrete push clasp and there is a safety chain for added security. This stylish piece can either make a statement on its own or be stacked with other bracelets, blending perfectly into modern-day fashion. It would make a fantastic everyday accessory, complimenting any collection!
Measurements: The inside of the bracelet (where a wrist would rest) measures 2 approximately 1/4" wide and 2" tall. The knot measures 5/8" at its widest while the surface of the bracelet measures approximately 1/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling and gold or to the Niello surface. The bracelet clasp fastens securely and the safety chain is in good working condition.