Fabulous and unique, this late 19th century niello locket was made using a process that goes back centuries and usually involves a mixture of silver, copper, lead, and sulfur, resulting in a metallic grey finish.
The niello was applied to a sterling silver base (the locket) and inlaid with a gold celestial star design.
It hangs on a sterling silver rolo or belcher chain.
Both pieces are unmarked but test as silver.
Inside the locket there are two old photographs. These could be left in or replaced with your own photos or mementos.
NOTE: The coating on this locket does contain some lead, which may be harmful if ingested. There are different opinions about the safety of wearing niello jewelry, so please be aware of this and make your own assessment.
+++ Measurements +++
Locket measures 1" x 7/8"
Chain is 22" long
+++ Condition +++
Very good condition overall with minor wear commensurate with age.
+++ Please read +++
This item is not new, and as such, it has wear commensurate with age. As with all older vintage and antique items, please handle with care.
All items are sold as-is, and I do my best to point out all condition issues and provide a detailed description and photographs.
Unless specified, items have not been cleaned.
I do not accept returns or offer refunds. Please see all photos, read the entire description, and ask any questions before purchasing.