Cloisonne (pronounced cloy-zon-ay, French for ”partition”) is an ancient metalwork technique that makes use of small, precious metal filaments and colorful glass enamels to create brilliant artwork. The metal wires are bent into shapes to create small cells, (partitions) of designs, and many coats of finely ground glass enamel are fired into them until one unique piece of art is rendered. Cloisonne is most commonly used in jewelry making, though illustrations of the craft can be found in many facets of the art world, including the production of hand-made dishes, vases and abstract pottery.
Though the art form’s origins are most likely Middle Eastern, Chinese Cloisonne is the most renowned and permeated throughout the world. Cloisonne’s popularity spread quickly throughout Asia and Europe, and examples of the art can be seen in Byzantine mosaics, inside Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, and in prized Russian Czarist jewelry.
The most notable quality in Cloisonne is the art master’s exceptional attention to detail in creating unique designs from the pure silver base and 24 karat gold filaments. Every design is handcrafted, which guarantees a matchless piece of art each time.
Custom designs are often painted on paper with watercolors prior to beginning the process in order to estimate the appearance of the final product.
After the original artwork is decided upon, the metal ribbon like strands of 24 karat gold wire are individually bent, twisted and oftentimes soldered together to produce a blueprint for where the colored enamels will later be painted.
This design is attached to a base of pure silver by firing it with a clear coat of glass enamel in a kiln.
After the silver pendant has cooled from its initial firing, the painting process begins. The metal filaments serve as the pattern for the colorful enamel glass, and the artisan paints only one coat at a time into the design.
The pendant is fired again and again after each consecutive enamel coat.
This is a painstakingly delicate practice, but the layering and firing of each coat of glass is critical in achieving a deep, vibrant color scheme for the design.
As many as 25 layers of enamel can be added to a single piece of Cloisonne jewelry.
After the partitions have been enameled and fired to the artist’s satisfaction, the pendant is polished and placed in a custom-made, perfectly fit 18-karat gold setting. Each Cloisonne rendering takes multiple weeks of dedicated attention to complete, but the finished product is guaranteed to be worth the wait.
“I got it! It is SO beautiful..so much prettier than on your website-and it is gorgeous on your website. I will take good care of it, and know I will enjoy wearing it. Butterflies are my favorite. It has such depth and the colors are wonderful. You are so talented.”
- AMY (Soleil Pendant)
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Finding an artisan to repair the Cloisonne Enamel was difficult ... somehow our instinct that you were the right one to undertake the project was rewarded by what you've done.
We thank you so much!"
-Jacklyn and Roger Kling
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