Ok...ready for this one? A genuine vintage from the 1950's DAMASCENE antiqued silver & gold coiled wrap around SNAKE bracelet. 2 headed, one on either end, amazing detail & craftsmanship. Nice weight, and can be gently molded so as to fit your wrist or forearm area...or open it up a little and wear as an upper arm bracelet...really unique indeed. Never worn. Made in SPAIN in the 1950's.This is a Spanish Damascene or Damasquino piece. It's interesting as to how the process in making it works...so I'm including a short blurb. Thanks. Damascene "Damasquinado de Oro or "Damasquino" is the art of decorating non-precious metals with gold. It has roots in the Middle Ages and originates from the oriental-style artisan work done in Damascus, Syria. The craft, perfected by the Arabs and brought with them to Spain, has remained virtually unchanged over the centuries. Damascene items generally reflect two distinct traditional types of patterns; the Arabesque or geometric designs, and the Renaissance motifs, displaying variations of birds and flowers. These patterns are obtained by engraving deep, patterned cuts into steel and then placing a gold foil into the lines of the design. This foil is hammered until the gold (18/greenish and 24/yellow carat) penetrates into the cuts, forming the design. Each piece is treated with a bluing solution to obtain oxidation and a black background is created. The back of all Damascene pieces are finished with gold metal. Toledo is the world's largest center of production of Damascene. The city of Toledo is one of the richest historically and culturally endowed cities in all of Spain. Please check my other auctions for more great things..including numerous SNAKE RINGS!!!!
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