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Beautiful condition vintage necklace
It is constructed of non precious metal background, which has been oxidized. Then, tiny decorative scenes are added by etching and inlaying precious metals.
These delicate embellishments were done with 24k gold, as marked. See photo #5.

Each of the 13 panels has a scene depicting various Japanese themes. Swans, flowers, mountain, water, butterflies.

Measures about 18" of wearable length. (panels equal about 8", with 5" of chain on either side).

Made in Japan, circa 1950s.
Very nicely made.

Damascening From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Damascening is the art of inlaying different metals into one another—typically, gold or silver into a darkly oxidized steel background—to produce intricate patterns similar to niello. The English term comes from a perceived resemblance to the rich tapestry patterns of damask silk.

Damascened-inlay jewelry, especially of Japanese origin, is sometimes referred to as shakudo from the use of that alloy as the dark background.

The technique of niello is also famously attested in prehistoric Greece. The earliest occurrence of damascening in the Aegean, from the Shaft Graves of Mycenae, dates to the latest Middle Bronze Age/Middle Helladic IIIB period (dagger Nu-304). Ultimately of Near Eastern provenance, the technique of inlaying silver/gold was adapted to suit Aegean taste and style.

Cities that are known for a rich history in Damascening where the technique is still practiced are Toledo, Spain, and Kyoto, Japan.

Japanese Shakudo Damascene Necklace. 24 Karat Gold Accents. 1950s Japan.


  • Vintage item from the 1950s
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