AUD $264.00

Bell Earrings, Nielloed Silver

 Here's a stylish pair of "nielloed" silver Bell earrings from the Caucasus, on the western shores of the Caspian Sea. The smooth silver faces have been had birds applied, then filled in with a black resin simulating an inlay called "niello" that creates the contrast that sets off the design.

This probably is not genuine "niello" (which is a black infill of a recessed groove in the silver), but a good imitation where a resin has been used to fill the background. These earrings are in good condition, which probably means they aren't too old, whereas true old genuine niello work often loses some of its inlay with knocks over the years.

Chain dangles with Mother of Pearl and genuine Red Coral hang from and beneath the bell.

In the disc decorating the hook is a small glass "Evil Eye" bead for protection, with black resin that has pooled, and dangles.

I used to think these were from Bukhara, and they may be, but "nielloed" designs like these have probably travelled further around the Caspian from Daghestan, or made elsewhere using their techniques, then made their way across Afghanistan all the way to us. 

It has a good gentle contrast and shouldn't need a polish for ages, but if you decide to then carefully use a dry "Silver Polishing Cloth" on it, just to bring up the silver not rub off the black (!).

Age: Late 20th/ Early 21st Century.

Size: H 94 mm x W 19 mm 

Weight: 33 grams.