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Arte Español - Vintage Gold Plated Damascene Pendant & Chain. This gorgeous pendant and chain is crafted from gold plate over metal. Featuring lovely detail, vintage styling, and quality craftsmanship. The gallery on this pendant showcasing a black background, with a beautiful gold etched decoration of foliage and birds. The back of the pendant is smooth, polished, and shiny. The bale is substantial, in order to carry the weight of the pendant. The chain is a sturdy curb link, with a vintage screw type cylinder clasp, which is in perfect working order. This vintage eye catching pendant looks stunning when worn, and is in superb condition. A great unique piece for any vintage jewelry collection. 

History: Originating in Syria and exported to Spain during the Moorish conquest in the early 700s AD, damascene is an artform that has literally been around for centuries. It was first started in Damascus, hence the name. Damascene jewelry is often handcrafted and depicts scenes with doves, flowers, and geometric shapes.

Damascene is a surface decoration process that involves the inlaying of gold wire or silver into an undercut groove in the surface of bronze, iron or steel. Another form is the machining of curved line pattern into the surface of a metal. Watch parts are damascened by machine for a swirled or wavy finish. 

These Pre-Columbian smiths used alloys of copper with gold and silver known as tumbaga. However, it wasn't until 1805 that Italian chemist Luigi Brugnatelli invented electroplating.


Measurements: Pendant 46.00 mm x 36.00 mm      Chain: 21 "

Weight: 21.20 grams 

Condition: Excellent

Origin: Spain, Toledo 

Date: Circa 1960

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