When Jewelry Making is a True Art Form
My Plique a jour jewelry pieces are among my favorite jewelry works of art. While I’m proud of all of my enamel jewelry pieces, these jewels are extraordinary. The technique of Plique a jour takes the craft of jewelry-making a few steps further than traditional enameling.
The art of Plique a jour in creating one of a kind jewelry is one of the most difficult to master as a jewelry artist. But the process is well worth it. While even a skilled artist may have many failures in making a Plique a jour jewelry, eventually, a determined jewelry master succeeds. When completed, this kind of enameling resembles all of the great art and jewelry of the Art Nouveau period. The final jewels are exquisite and breathtaking.
Compared to traditional cloisonne jewels, Plique a jour has no backing. The framework is typically open, and individual wires of solid gold are soldered together. This allows the light to permeate through the jewel, resulting in an intricate, translucent glass effect, much like the stained glass in all the great Cathedrals around the world. It can appear opalescent and glazed, casting a radiant glow that is sparkling and glistening.
The Origins of Plique a Jour Enamel Jewelry
The enameling process is thought to have originated in the 6th-century Byzantine era. The Egyptians created similar works of art and said they represented ambition and wealth. But, the art came into its full splendor in Italy and France during the 14th century. Some of the more famed Plique a jour masters are Tiffany and Fabergé.
The method has since been used for jewelry and decorative items. Traditionally, jewels created this way is typically more valuable when done correctly due to the time-consuming nature and technical difficulty in creating them.
As with much of the enamel jewelry I create, Plique a jour won’t fade. My jewelry pieces will be just as beautiful 100 years from now as the day I create them and deliver them to you. The most dedicated jewelry aficionados understand that it’s among the most highly prized of all gems.
What do you envision as your dream Plique a jour enamel jewelry piece? Let’s collaborate over it and make it happen.