This beautiful, vintage gold-plated pendant comes with a golden wheat chain with a lobster claw closure. The pendant shows a floral damascene against a black, enamel setting, with a bird-like figure in the centre. This was purchased from an estate sale and the condition is used. Please refer to photos for condition; there are signs of wear in both the chain and the pendant.
The pendant has been acid teted and tested 14K purity. It is priced as gold-plated only.
From Collectors Weekly: "Damascene jewelry is generally made by inlaying oxidized steel with gold or silver, creating intricate designs that resemble tapestry patterns. The style’s English name was likely inspired by its similarity to patterns found in damask silk, whose name has its roots in the city of Damascus, Syria.
To this day, high-quality damascene items are handcrafted, first by using a stylus to score a design into a flattened piece of steel. Thin segments of gold or silver wire are then worked into this chased void, creating a sharp edge between the steel and its inlaid patterns. Afterward, the steel is darkened, or “blued,” under high heat, the gold or silver areas are etched with additional surface details, and the entire piece is burnished. Most damascened jewelry is ultimately mounted into a gold or silver setting."
16" wheat chain
Pendant measurements only: 2.5 cm width x 3.5 cm height
Gold plated metal