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Vintage Japanese Shakudo Necklace & Bracelet Set


Vintage Japanese Damascene necklace, bracelet and earrings set, made using the Shakudo technique.  


Shakudo is a Japanese alloy used in sheet metal inlay or wire inlay. The technique involves inlaying gold, silver, and copper into a darkened copper base. Usually, Shakudo is composed of 75% copper and 4-25% gold and 5-20% antimony.  


Shakudo was introduced to the West in the middle of the 19th century. During that time, Shakudo was thought to be unknown outside Asia; however, modern researchers suggest that decorative alloy metals like Shakudo were in use in ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt.


The tiny picture inserts are cut from sheet metal and inserted by hand – it is remarkable work and this set is a rare example.  All marked 24K signifying a high gold content.


Necklaces measures 49cm (19.5 inches) with 5cm (2 inch) butterfly pendant drop.


Bracelet measures 18cm (7.5 inches), with safety chain.  


The set is accompanied by matching drop earrings for pierced ears.


To buy this Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings Set for £198

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