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Apart from [[Iron working|iron]] and [[Bronze working|bronze]], the Saxons and Vikings made use of other metals, mainly for jewellery. The most widely used of those used were silver, pewter and gold. Silver was a popular metal for jewellery such as brooches, rings, strap ends, buckles, mounts for drinking horns and, of course, for coinage. Silver jewellery was made in much the same way as bronze jewellery was, as the two metals have similar working properties. We do not know for certain how they polished their cast pieces, such as we do today on electric rotary mops. Although, Iron Oxide paste in wax was found in fairly large lumps at the Jorvik dig some years ago. This is by and large no different to 'Jeweller's Rouge' that is used today to polish silver and bronze. A popular way of finishing silver jewellery was to melt a black paste, called 'niello' (silver sulphide), into the recesses in the design to give a stark variance to the shiny silver. This was then polished, using ear wax as the final abrasive to contrast the silver. Iron objects were also inlaid with silver to decorate them, or sometimes were completely sheathed in a fine sheet of beaten silver.
''Original article by Roland Williamson 2002''