dam·a·scene | ˈda-mə-ˌsēn
A type of jewelry that, today, most often comes from Spain
Damascene is engraved and ornamented with metal (silver or gold) and black enamel. This unique jewelry originated in the 14t00’s in Damascus - thus, its name. Furthermore, damascening is the technique of ornamenting various metals into one another in hopes to generate intricate designs that are parallel to niello. In Damascene jewelry, there are typically small pictures or designs created within. It's an enchanting process, traditionally handcrafted. Doves, flowers, and geometric shapes are very common to see in Damascene, however, many of the designs reflect the artist's personal flair. In English, Damascene originates from a distinguished comparison to the affluent drapery designs of damask silk. To proper clean Damascene jewelry, we suggest using a damp, but clean, cloth, rubbing the piece very gently. If preferred, you may add a droplet of mild dish detergent to a bowl of water and dip cloth in there before rubbing the piece. Lastly, make certain to dry the piece completely.