Plique a jour Gold Jewelry Chased Bird of Paradise in 18k
1.5″ x 1.5″
Bird of Paradise Necklace is a plique a jour gold jewelry piece created by Patsy Croft. It belongs to a collection of amazing enamel jewelry with unique jewelry designs.
The amazing enameling technique of plique a jour has intrigued people for centuries. This mini stain glass look was used by the master of jewels Rene Lalique.
Plique-à-jour (French for “letting in daylight”) is a vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel. It is in effect a miniature version of stained-glass and is considered very challenging technically: high time consumption (up to 4 months per item), with a high failure rate. The technique is similar to that of cloisonné, but using a temporary backing that after firing is dissolved by acid or rubbed away. A different technique relies solely on surface tension, for smaller areas. In Japan the technique is known as shotai-jippo (shotai shippo), and is found from the 19th century on. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plique-à-jour
Check out Rene Lalique’s wonderful Plaque a Jour Jewelry. René Jules Lalique (6 April 1860, Ay, Marne – 1 May 1945, Paris) was a French glass designer known for his creations of glass art, perfume bottles, vases, jewellery, chandeliers, clocks and automobile hood ornaments.
Plique a jour has experienced a rise in jewelry interest in the past 5 years.
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