Cloisonne jewelry – enameled ocean waves set in 18k gold earrings
These enamel earrings are two sided, a design I developed. In cloisonné enameling you need to enamel both sides of the metal. This is a way to stabilize the expansion of the enamels and the metal when heating to the firing temperatures. If an enameling artist does not enamel both sides the enamel will crack off.
When you see cloisonné jewels, usually you only see the front as the artist has placed the enamel jewel in a setting of silver or gold. I always felt in enameling the back that is was a blank canvas in need of art.
With this in my mind, for several years I experimented to create a jewel that allowed the owner to have cloisonné art on both side to enjoy. In many of my pieces the enamel jewelry can be worn either way, giving the owner two jewels in one. But in some pieces I create they can only be worn one way leaving the unknown just to the owner.
Even when you are searching how often do you get to see a dolphin jumping?