Curated Jewels for the Vintage Collector. A special technique for decorating metal, niello, is a black compound of sulfur made up of silver, lead or copper that fills in engraved designs.
This special Victorian locket shows off this inlay with the same design on both sides. Rose gold brads jut outward from the lockets border to give color contrast and a sculptural playfulness. The locket is 1/4 thick so there is a nice recess inside for photos or mementos. And while it is not large in size, it is compact with a lively amount of design detail.Condition: Excellent - this locket is fresh looking and has aged nicely. The niello is intact (sometimes the light from the photography makes it seem like it has thinned in spots but it hasnt) with dense color and crisp detail. The rose gold plating is also fresh with a nice patina.
There are no dents to the shape of the locket and no signs of repair. The interior has both original photo frames but no plastic/glass inserts. Diameter Just under 1 excluding bale and bale loop.(if the locket is not marked then it is tested for silver content), rose gold plating and niello. Antique and vintage pieces have been passed through generations, so its not often you find a piece that has be maintained in its near-original condition. Such pieces are not only higher in value, but they are also more collectible, as they carry the history of past owners but do not show it.
They reveal what the piece would have looked like when it was first created, giving us an insight into a bygone era. _gsrx_vers_837 GS 7.0.15 (837). The item "Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Rose Gold Niello Enamel Pendant Locket" is in sale since Tuesday, March 31, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California.This item can be shipped worldwide.