Siam 1930s Thai Dancers White on Gold Gilt Vintage Screw Back Earrings.
Beautiful gold dancers on white enamel on a square gold gilt filigree with screw backs.
These stunning creations were hand made in Siam (now called Thailand), and the figures created in the jewelry usually depict characters and scenes from Buddhist and Hindu tales and religious text. The country of Siam changed its name to Thailand in 1939, changing it back to Siam in 1945, and then was finally renamed Thailand in 1949. While many are usually stamped ‘Made in Siam‘ on the back, though later pieces were could be stamped either ‘Siam’ and ‘Thailand’. This pair has no markings. It is Circa 1930's when screw backs were in vogue.
Typically most Siam jewelry you find is made from some grade of silver (often 925 sterling), with black ‘enamel ‘ style detail. The black and silver jewelry is called Siam Silver niello ware, after the black enamel style technique called niello used in its creation. Occasionally you may see fabulous colored Siam Silver, with green, blue, red and white enameling instead of black niello work. This one is done in White on Gold gilt I believe and rather a rare example
Siam Silver jewelry became fashionable in the Western Hemisphere between the 1930s -1970s. A popular theory is that people working in Thailand sent home this beautiful jewelry as gifts for loved ones, and collections grew from there. This is probably a true story in regards to its general recent popularity, though it’s important to note that the country of Thailand has a rich history in metal work and enameling techniques; Siam Silver nielloware has been quietly collected in aristocratic and royal circles for centuries.
Measuring 1" x 1".
Siam 1930s Niello Thai Dancers Gold Gilt Screw Back Earrings
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