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Made in the late 1800's, there is no doubt that this antique niello locket is so stark and magnificent to admire from near or far, and once photos of people close to you are placed inside, this will become an even more special and very sentimental piece of antique jewellery to wear with pride. Contrary to popular thought, niello is actually not an enamelling technique, rather it is a blackening technique produced as an alloy of sulfur with copper, silver and lead. Once produced it is then used to fill the channels that have been previously engraved into the metal, and after a few more steps including polishing, the result is a wonderful contrast of colours in often a beautiful design as can be seen on the front of this locket. The design is spectacular and a testament to the craftsmanship of what could be produced all those years ago. Perfect to be worn any time of the day or night and for any occasion, the locket measures 25.8mm across by 33.6mm or 46.1mm to the top of the bail. Able to hold two photos inside, this will certainly always continue to be loved and cherished. Stock# ES7856 Circa: 1890 $Sold.