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Siam Sterling Silver - Ornate Bracelet - Niello with 4 Dancers
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Siam Sterling Silver - Ornate Bracelet - Niello with 4 Dancers
Siam Sterling Silver - Ornate Bracelet - Niello with 4 Dancers
Siam Sterling Silver - Ornate Bracelet - Niello with 4 Dancers
Siam Sterling Silver - Ornate Bracelet - Niello with 4 Dancers
Siam Sterling Silver - Ornate Bracelet - Niello with 4 Dancers
Siam Ornate Bracelet - Siam Sterling Silver - Mekkala and Three other Mythical Dancers - 7-1/4"length

This bracelet is a family heirloom piece that I can definitively date to the mid 1930's, as it was a gift from a family member who traveled the world extensively during that period. She always selected the loveliest of items to bring back, and this bracelet is no exception. It was this piece that inspired my collection of Siam Niello jewelry; however, I have yet to find any that equaled it in style and elegance.

What makes this bracelet unique is the presence of 14 tiny engraved Niello heart-shaped embellishments that are attached to the rings connecting the panels. Each measures 1/4". I have searched many times, and have never found anything resembling this type of decoration. There are 8 silver panels, each 7/8" by 1", rectangular in size. Each is comprised of a lacy, ornate openwork on the four corners with scalloped diamond-shape Niello area in the center.

In researching the pieces that we have, I found that Niello is a black metallic alloy of sulfer, copper, silver and lead that is used as a inlay on engraved metal. In the case of these bracelets from Thailand (formerly Siam) the primary material is a beautiful Sterling Silver. The engravings are four extremely detailed designs of figures, depicting the mythical goddess of Lightening (Mekkala), the Fairy of Happiness (Nang Fa)and two other female dancers that I have yet to identify.

As I began my research, I also learned that the country of Siam ceased to exist in 1939, when it became Thailand. The term, and hallmark Siam Sterling continued to be used in connection with this beautiful jewelry that was produced there well into at least the late 70's. I also learned that during the Vietnam War, many soldiers went to Thailand and purchased pieces of this jewelry for their sweethearts back home. This piece is marked Made in Siam and Sterling, which would likely indicate it was made during the time that Siam was still known as Siam, rather than after it became Thailand. That logic ties in with what we know about the dating of this particular bracelet, and when it came into our possession.

The bracelet's overall length is 7-1/4" (7-3/4" with the clasp) The clasp is hidden when fastened, fits together very smoothly and securely, and releases with ease The diameter when closed is about 2-1/4". The beauty of these jewelry pieces is that they are obviously hand made, yet they are handmade with a very high quality workmanship.

The condition of this bracelet is very nice. It has been worn but not abused. There are signs of gentle wear on the surfaces of the Niello panels, but they do not detract from the antique beauty. The silver has that wonderful old silver look and "feel". There is no damage to the silver and all of the tiny hearts are intact. It is lovely to look at and to wear. I have always believed that our antique items should be worn, used, and enjoyed. It is in that way they take on the look that makes them so special. Please contact me if you have questions.

I try to describe the items on this site as accurately as possible; however since most of the items are either antique or at best vintage, due to their age, they are sold in "as is" condition. Please examine the pictures and contact us with any questions, to request additional pictures, or to contribute further information, by using the Contact tab on our Home page. We are not experts and always welcome your input.
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