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Spanish Toledoware / Damascene Jewelry
"Damascening
is the art of inlaying different metals into one another-- typically, gold or silver into a darkly oxidized steel background--
to produce intricate patterns similar to niello. The English term comes from a perceived resemblance to the rich tapestry patterns of damask silk.

The technique has a long history in Japan, where it was used to decorate katana fittings, particularly tsuba. Known as zougan in Japanese,
it has developed its own subset of terms to describe the particular patterns, although "shippou-zougan" is an enamelling technique which most
Westerners would consider closer to champlevé.

Damascened-inlay jewelry, especially of Japanese origin, is sometimes referred to as shakudo from the use of that alloy as the dark background.

The technique of niello is also famously attested in prehistoric Greece. The earliest occurrence of damascening in the Aegean, from
the Shaft Graves of Mycenae, dates to the latest Middle Bronze Age/Middle Helladic IIIB period (dagger Nu-304). Ultimately of
Near Eastern provenance, the technique of inlaying silver/gold was adapted to suit Aegean taste and style." Source

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Spanish Toledoware Pill Box. Space #11. Star Mall. $12.00.



Spanish Toledoware Large Necklace. Space #11. Star Mall. $65.00.



Spanish Toledoware Pin. Space #11. Star Mall. $20.00.



Spanish Toledoware Tie Clip. Space #11. Star Mall. $20.00.



Spanish Toledoware Pin. Space #11. Star Mall. $30.00.



Spanish Toledoware Earrings. Space #11. Star Mall. $12.00.



Spanish Toledoware Earrings. Space #11. Star Mall. $20.00.



Spanish Toledoware Bracelet. Space #11. Star Mall. $40.00.

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