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VINTAGE Japanese Jewelry SET DAMASCENE Never Worn Bracelet, Necklace & Cuff Links 1930's-1949 Era, Christmas Gift 4 Her

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This shimmering Set of Blackened Tiles featuring Golden Engraved Scenes is called "Damascene" and includes a New/Old Stock, 16"-17" Long Necklace, 7.25" Bracelet and a Pair of gorgeous New/Old Stock Scalloped Floral Cufflinks. This form of jewelry making was first done by the artisans that once made weapons for the great Samurai Warriors. When the Samurai were no more, the artisans needed to find another use for their talents and thus, "Damascene" was created. This lovely jewelry was popular between 1920 and 1940, with a resurgence in the 1960's by a company who made a newer line. I believe that this set was made somewhere between 1930 and the late 1940's, however, I was unable to find this exact set so dating is merely my estimation.

The frames of these tiles and backs, frames, chain and clasps were most likely made of Brass. The blackened area was made with an alloy of copper with a small quantity of Gold added in and left to "pickle" until it formed a blue black metal like iron. Small strands of real gold thread/wire were then placed into the blackened material. Through a process of adding gold into the wired areas, then dipping the pieces and scrapping off the top layer to reveal the golden pictures, enameling the pieces and then engraving these, often tiny, scenes to add even more depth, shine and beauty.. the pieces were created. There are methods to clean these pieces listed on several jewelry sites online. One was to simply use olive oil, which would be my method of choice, I believe. *SET was $129. is NOW $118.! Buy now for the Holidays!!*

These pieces are NEW, OLD STOCK and still sewn onto their original, cloth covered cardboard pieces!! The only piece NOT on this type of mount is the bracelet, but I believe it was attached prior to the last owner removing it to gain more information on the set. When I purchased them, they were on these fabric "cards" and resting in a lightweight (teak?) thin box with a piece of the same cloth used on the cards, beneath the set.

All of the pieces are in Excellent Condition with only light aging and the need for cleaning, especially the thin areas of the cufflinks. These appear black in the photos but these are simply a bit darker than the larger portion and due to them moving in the photos, the pics didn't show the elaborate floral decorative area on them. *Be sure to use the ZOOM feature or click on the photo twice, so you can see the amazing details of these pieces!

The bracelet squares measure 3/8" square and the clasp is the old push in type of clasp with an attached chain. This chain is aged, but one section of it, that may have been protected from light and air, is bright and shows little to no age. Four of the necklace squares measure 1/2" square, 2 pieces measure 9/16" square and the center piece is .75" square. The pair of stunning scalloped Cufflinks measure 11/16 Long ( on the larger portion) and 1/2" wide. The smaller portion of the cufflinks is 5/16" x 1/4".

Thank you for stopping in and I hope you will enjoy viewing all of my pieces. I will be listing an older piece of Japan Damascene soon, so keep watching for that. Also, I have a second Etsy Store, OneBarefootGypsy, where I bring you my One-of-a-Kind, Handcrafted Heirloom Jewelry created with Vintage Components and Bohemian Flair. Do stop in and have a look.

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VINTAGE Japanese Jewelry SET DAMASCENE Never Worn Bracelet, Necklace & Cuff Links 1930's-1949 Era, Christmas Gift 4 Her


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: Vintage Japanese Damascene Jewelry Set, Brass, Gold, Enamel, Various Metals
  • Ships worldwide from Kentucky, United States
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