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The Art of Fine Enamel Jewelry Design

"A thing of beauty is a joy forever."  -- J. Keat

Fine Enamels is dedicated to the creation of unique, eye catching jewelry designs, using transparent vitreous enamel and the modern use of plique a jour techniques by our designers

True vitreous enamel, as used in each of our jewelry designs, is the beautiful fusion of fired glass with sterling silver, resulting in a lustrous color that will never change. This technique was made famous in the 1900's by jewellers like Lalique, Faberge and Tiffany.

Our exclusive enamel designs in Sterling Silver carry the tradition of enameling into the 21st century.To view examples of plique a jour enameling, please visit the www. website. You will find this technique shown in the various images of fine silver jewelry designs of our pendants, brooch pins and earrings.

Comparative Techniques of Enameling

Plique à jour is the same technique used by the French enamelists Lalique and Feuillâtre in the 1900's.
The French term means "glimpse of day" and describes how the light shines through the rich, lustrous enamel colour. Each beautiful, delicate piece is translucent -- suspended between silver wires without a backing, creating the effect of a stained glass window seen in sunlight

A French word for "raised field", in champleve the artist removes the silver by cutting, hammering or stamping in order to create a depression which will then receive the melted glass. As the enamel is laid in the recessed areas of the silver, it is built up in layers until it reaches the same height as the remaining silver.

French for "low cut", in this technique a pattern is created in the sterling silver before enamelling, so that when the enamel is laid over it the pattern shines through the transparent glass. Basse Taille adds texture and life to the design.