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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 of alloys of sulfur, copper, silver and lead and used as an inlay on engraved metal. It was and still is a difficult technique to execute so chains such as this one are always sought after!

A remarkable Belgian Niello long guard chain of 29 large scale links, circa 1890. A phenomenal example, alternating between rose gold wash over sterling and black notched Niello links with two lovely dog clips.


Materials and Features: sterling silver, both gold over and Niello links 

Age/Origin:c. 1890, Belgian 

Measurements: 24.6 grams, 17” 

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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