Niello Alchemical Brooch

Alchemical Brooch


10 x 4.5 cm – sterling silver, carved smoky moonstone, bronze, gold leaf, 14k gold, and niello

From my explorations into the arcane symbolism of alchemy comes this one-of-a-kind brooch made under the auspices of the niello master, Philip Fike. Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead sulphides, used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal. In this case, I created a “recipe” brooch with the secret, alchemical symbols for those items needed to create niello. NFS.

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