ITEM: Siam Necklace.
COMPOSITION: Sterling Silver.
CONDITION: Estate Item, excellent.
MEASUREMENT: 20" length, 3" drop.
MARKS: Siam, Sterling.
Weight: 52.8 grams.
COMMENTS: Just purchased from a local Estate. Sterling Silver Siam Niello necklace. Beautiful cut out work on silver and very detailed craftsmanship. This necklace is in excellent pre-owned condition. It is just stunning! There is a nice aged patina developed. These silver and black Thai pieces were popular in the 1950s through '70s, and were produced by a variety of jewelry shops. It is technically "Niello" or "Nielloware", created by carving out areas of the silver, and baking a sulfur/metals powder in the carved out areas. The design often displays Mekkala, the Goddess of Lightning, and represents the Thai version (The Ramakien) of the Buddhist and Hindu Indian legend, Ramayama, about a prince, his wife, his parents (King and Queen of Siam), and the evil king of Ceylon. This jewelry was often sent to American wives/girlfriends from their soldier-husbands/boyfriends on leave from fighting in Viet Nam, or stationed in Thailand during the Viet Nam war. We can clean and polish upon shipping by request.
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