Eve's Epiphany: 24K cloisonne jewel set in sterling and 22K bi-metal with Ruby cabochon and Black Star Sapphire.
Photo By: Joan Bazzel
About this Gallery: Cloisonne Jewels
The art of Cloisonne enameling has been with us for millennia. The earliest known examples date back to the 13th century BC., and since that time it has traveled around the globe from the Occident to the Orient and the Americas.
I use vitreous (glass) enamels in powder form for creating my jewels. The base metals and wires are either fine silver or pure gold, and the settings are hand fabricated from precious metals and gems.
The design is "drawn" with wires which are fired into a layer of clear enamel. When all the wires are fired in place, the spaces inbetween them are filled with wet enamel powder which has been carefully prepared to acheive the most vibrant color. After each application, the whole jewel is fired until the glass enamel melts and solidifies. This process is repeated until the cloisons are completely filled with enamel. Then the hard surface is ground, sanded and polished, and prepared to set. It is a very labor-intensive entertainment!