For Pierced or Non-Pierced Ears : Pierced. These earrings were handmade during the Art Nouveau era and composed of.Each earring features a raised elongated oval motif in the center, adorned with black Russian niello enamel. Three floral motifs in a row are also adorned with the enamel. This design is bordered by an elegant chased foliate motif on each end. Completed with hook backings for secure wear on pierced ears. Tarnish is present on the sterling silver of the earrings, and this can easily be polished by a local jeweler or with warm water and soap.
The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. This was very true due to the gorgeous designs that came out of this period. This era focused on women and the beauty of nature and the pieces were often large.
Enamel was a common material used in Art Nouveau jewelry as the period was more about the importance of the design over the materials used to create it. The Art Nouveau period happened before the start of the first World War, when mass manufacturing took over the production of many products, including some jewelry.
Enameling originally dates all the way back to the ancient Persians of Meenakari. The technique involves bonding powdered glass to a base, usually gold, by firing (heating and melting the glass onto the metal).The glass hardens to form a layer of pigment over the metal. Enamel is made of colored powdered glass or may include clear powdered glass that is mixed with colorful metallic pigments. It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts; and later the Chinese and Georgians. It resurged in popularity in the 20th century. It is primarily used on decorative art or jewelry, usually small in size. Besides jewelry, enamel can also be applied to glass, ceramic, stone, and various other materials. Niello is a method of enameling that uses a durable, powdered metal-sulfur alloy to create a high contrast surface decoration. Powdered niello is inlaid on engraved or etched metal, usually silver, and heated until it melts to fill the engraved lines. As it cools, it blackens and fuses to the metal. The piece is then polished, revealing lines of black etched into the bright silver. This process was popularized in Russia during the Victorian and Art Nouveau eras, and adapted by the Thai. In Thai jewelry, the process was reversed; the background of the piece was carved down to create a high relief design, and niello inlay was used to fill in the background. The earliest examples of niello enameling were found on bronze daggers in Greece, circa 1550 BC. Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channels. Chasing is thousands of years old and was a very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today.
The item "Antique Vintage Art Nouveau Sterling Silver Russian Niello Enamel Earrings 6.2g" is in sale since Saturday, August 29, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Earrings".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.