Niello (from Latin: Nigellus = “blackened”) is a metallic alloy with sulfur which is used as a surface decoration technique which, much like enamel, is fused to a metal base. The luster of niello, however, is metallic instead of vitreous and it is much tougher than enamel. Niello comes in just one color – black of various tones – which contrasts highly with silver, the most popular base for niello work.
This handsome antique watch chain utilizes the niello technique, lending it a definite masculine air. Due to the superior craftspersonship, we think that this is a French piece. A substantial chain, in great condition despite its age that is just as fun to wear today as it was when new!
Dimensions: 13.5 inches
Weight: 18 grams
Condition: Excellent antique condiiton