Cloisonne, a fine art of Enamel Jewelry, is created through an ancient process of combining 24k gold wire with finely ground enamels over a base of pure silver. The enamel cloisonne jewel endures repeated firings after skillful placement of ribbons of gold wiring that form the image and layers of enamels are laid down to achieve this look of pristine depth and beauty. Once the firing is complete, the Cloisonne Enamel Jewelry are set in designs of 18k gold and precious stones.
I was honored this past year to work with Elisa Melegari a designer and artist, in making a jewel called the “The Dragon”. “The Dragon” is a bracelet and ring combo the client describes, that was influenced by the bracelet designed by Alphonse Mucha and executed by George Fouquet, “The Serpent” 1899 for Sarah Bernhardt.
The Birth of a Cloisonne Artist
“Bright colors we can find only in nature, quality craftsmanship that will outlast the seasons, and a promise to do my part with the gifts I’ve been given”
– Patsy Croft, Alohi Lani Designs.
Stylish, intense, yet entirely down-to-earth, Patsy Croft lives life outside the lines, refusing convention and championing individuality. Ironic, considering the cloisonné artist spends her days working carefully inside lines she craft in gold. But creativity will never be easily lost with Patsy.
With a body of work inspired by her travels and love of nature, She has earned a national reputation for her enamel jewelry. For Patsy, cloisonné represents a place to use her line drawings, a way to fulfill her passion for brilliant colors, and a chance to pay homage to the world of nature.
by Stacy Clark