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    Posted 12 months ago

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    Hi there!
    I bought this pretty necklace at a flea market (in France) last weekend and I wanted to show it here. I have no idea of its origin... It's silver (marked "925" at the back of the medallion) and the medallion seems to be carnelian. I've seen similar pieces listed as "Turkish silver niello jewelry"...
    Any help on this would be welcome! Thanks! ;)

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 12 months ago
      I think this is vintage not antique. Very much in the style of a few similar items I bought in the 80's at boutiques. I'll locate and email images or post if you prefer. XOXO
    2. Betty1978 Betty1978, 12 months ago
      Oh, thanks, Valentino97! That would be lovely... :)
    3. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 11 months ago
      Am I wrong when I say it looks italian to me? I also think this is vintage but "flirting" with the victorian time.
    4. Betty1978 Betty1978, 11 months ago
      Absolutely. This engraving process is called "niello" (an Italian word). According to the dictionary, "niello is a black compound of sulphur with silver, lead, or copper, used for filling in engraved designs in silver or other metals". However, I've found out that this necklace is Turkish and you're right, it looks Victorian, though it was probably made in the 1970s-80s. :)
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 10 months ago
      Great info Betty. I searched online for "turkish multi strand necklace" and found several examples of them. Here is one. Maybe your stone is carnelian as well. Looks like it.

    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 10 months ago
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 10 months ago
      And great that you found out it was turkish. Have seen this style before and haven't been able to pin point the origin since I know niello has been used in several countries. When I was looking online for these now, with the info ftom you about turkish, I also saw some with multi color enamel instead of niello. Also very beautiful.
    8. Betty1978 Betty1978, 10 months ago
      Very Interesting! Thanks Elisabethan!
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 10 months ago
      Your welcome Betty!

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