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Damascene Pieces Brooch Necklace

This type of jewelry got its name from its perceived resemblance to English tapestry patterns of damask silk. The technique has a very long history in Japan, being used to decorate the katana of Samurai. Damascened-inlay jewelry, especially of Japanese origin, is sometimes referred to as "shakudo" from the use of that alloy as the dark background. Damascening is the process of laying gold or silver patterns above a dark oxidizes piece of steel. The pin on this necklace is a Japanese Damascene revival from the 1970's, featuring silver and gold on oxidized steel. The necklace portion measures about 16" adjustable to about 17", strung on nylon coated wire for durability.