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Enamel Jewelry

Powdered glass. That is how it starts, this process of enameling. I made my first enamel jewelry pieces in college. It has been years since then, and I picked up the technique recently. Enameling may be the closest I get to painting, and it is quite similar, in that there are usually layers upon layers of powdered glass fused to create the end piece. 

It is defined as a vitreous, glass-like coating fused on to a metallic base. In history, enamels were initially applied on firstly gold, then silver, copper, bronze and more latterly on iron and steel. The term is also used for the application of decorative fusible glass applied to glass objects.

The earliest known enameled objects were made in Cyprus in around the 13th century BC during the Mycenaean period. Earlier decoration of metal objects with glass, along with other materials such as precious and semi-precious stones, such as those found in the tombs of ancient Egypt, relied on cementing the glass to the metal or a mechanical fixing by clasps. It was not until this unknown craftsman in Cyprus discovered that by fusing the glass on to the metal that the art of vitreous enameling was born. 

My enamel pieces are simplistic, as I typically use only one to three colors and incorporate geometric shapes into components of my jewelry pieces. I work with transparent and opaque colors, applied to copper or silver. Quite often, I design my pieces to be reversable, so you can wear them with several outfits. 

Come in and see the selection or order your own personalized color palette, for earrings, pendant or bracelets.

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