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Welcome to Plique-à-Jour Enamel. Our website is dedicated to the creation of unique, eye catching jewelry designs, using
transparent vitreous enamel and the modern use of plique a jour techniques by the Nicole Barr Jewelry Designers.
True vitreous enamel, as used in each of our jewelry designs, is the beautiful fusion of fired glass with sterling silver, resulting
in a lustrous color that will never change. This technique was made famous in the 1900's by jewellers like Lalique, Faberge and Tiffany.
Our exclusive enamel designs in Sterling Silver carry the tradition of enameling into the 21st century with the addition of
brilliant cut diamonds, sapphires, rubies, peridot, amethyst, topaz and other semi-precious gemstones as well as pearls.
To view examples of plique a jour enameling, please visit the Nicole Barr designer jewelry website. You will find this technique
applied in their fine silver jewelry designs of pendants, brooch pins and earrings.
Plique à jour is the same technique used by the French enamelists Lalique and Feuillâtre in the 1900's.
The French term means "glimpse of day" and describes how the light shines through the rich, lustrous enamel colour.
Each beautiful, delicate piece is translucent -- suspended between silver wires without a backing, creating the effect
of a stained glass window seen in sunlight . See Wikipedia for more detailed information.
A French word for "raised field", in champleve the artist removes the silver by cutting, hammering or stamping in
order to create a depression which will then receive the melted glass. As the enamel is laid in the recessed areas of
the silver, it is built up in layers until it reaches the same height as the remaining silver.
French for "low cut", in this technique a pattern is created in the sterling silver before enamelling, so that when the enamel
is laid over it the pattern shines through the transparent glass. Basse Taille adds texture and life to the design.