Light feeling yet solidly constructed with a pretty drape across your wrist when worn, this Norwegian bracelet made by Opro is given impact from the high sheen of jet black enameling. Well crafted during the 1950s, the sleek modern lines of sterling silver are finished with a light vermeil wash and the golden hue frames the black links strikingly. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well. Taken care of, the soft signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection. The silver setting has a bright patina with very little surface wear and no dents or irregularities.
The vermeil finish is bright and golden with a slight amount of wear and fading. The enameling is dense with a high sheen that has no chipping and very slight surface scratching noticeable only on close inspection. There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. Col lector Note On Enameling. There are several different styles of enameling: guilloche (colored, transparent enamel over a metal surface with geometric grooves), champlevé (enamel fills etchings or depressions in a metal surface), plique a jour (translucent enamel fitted into open-back metal cells) and more.
What makes antique or vintage enamel pieces collectible is the condition of the enamel workis it distinct and vibrant? Is it free from chips? Other characteristics like an elaborate pattern, unique depiction, or the use of multiple colors can add more value to an enamel pieces. Throughout history, regions have developed their own distinctive styles of jewelry with techniques that are passed down through generations.
Because each region shared the same techniques, materials, knowledge, and craftspeople, the style of each region becomes incredibly recognizable, almost like a designer. However, regional jewelry is made by different artisans, so each piece feels subtly different.
For example, Austro-Hungarian jewelry is a recognizable category of jewelry, known by its style, motifs, construction, and materials. Collectors can favor regional jewelry for the clear history and distinct location that can be assigned to the piece. _gsrx_vers_1251 GS 8.2.1 (1251).The item "Vtg Sterling Silver Vermeil Black Enamel Norway Modernist Signed Opro Bracelet" is in sale since Friday, January 1, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Vintage Ethnic/Regional/Tribal\Scandinavian". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped to United States.