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Art Deco Silver & Niello Bangle

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A smart Art Deco silver bangle with a striking design. The technique used is called “Niello” and was practiced by French and Russian jewellers. They heated, to melting, a mixture of silver, copper, sulphur and lead to create a gunmetal or charcoal grey tone, and poured it on to silver which had previously been gouged with minute continuous patterns that were geometric or taken from nature. The item was then polished. Quite a process but a stunning result!

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginArt Deco (1920-1935), German
MeasurementsWidth 8 mm
ConditionGood
Hallmarks800 (for silver) Maker's mark HB within a circle for Bauer Heinrich from Pforzheim, Germany
ProvenanceGerman