Champlevé is an enameling technique in the decorative arts, or an object made by that process, in which troughs or cells are carved, etched, die struck, or cast into the surface of a metal object, and filled with vitreous enamel.
This lovely french champleve enameled belt buckle, circa 1890-1910, has been expertly converted into a choker necklace by a previous owner. The intricate design of scrolls, flowers, butterflies and geometric forms has been enameled in shades of turquoise and dark blue, pink, crimson, black and white on the brass buckle. The design, non-decorated, is repeated on the back. The necklace portion is a soft corded rope with a barrel clasp, which is connected to the belt buckle with heavy thread and can easily be detached if desired. The buckle measures 3 1/2" in length and 2 1/4" in width. The necklace measures 14" in length. Very good vintage condition with the expected age related loss of some enamel.