Our stunning ITEM OF THE DAY show the amazing outcome of ancient techniques mixing with 1970′s glamour. The Blue Cloisonné Choker with intricate flower details is a dainty and unique piece. Made of brass and meticulously inlaid enamel, this necklace is a stunner on so many levels. The Choker is beginning to, once again, have a moment so stay ahead of the curve with this unusual piece!
We absolutely love how this rests just above the collarbones, creating a sensuous visual. Wear this with your hair up and bare shoulders for he ultimate POW factor!
So, what exactly is Cloisonné? It’s a very intricate style of embellishing that creates one of a kind pieces that last a lifetime! Here’s more:
Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using vitreous enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and other materials. The resulting objects can also be called cloisonné. The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering or adhering silver or gold wires or thin strips placed on their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors. Cloisonné enamel objects are worked on with enamel powder made into a paste, which then needs to be fired in a kiln.
The technique was in ancient times mostly used for jewellery and small fittings for clothes, weapons or similar small objects decorated with geometric or schematic designs, with thick cloison walls. In theByzantine Empire techniques using thinner wires were developed to allow more pictorial images to be produced, mostly used for religious images and jewellery, and by then always using enamel. By the 14th century this enamel technique had spread to China, where it was soon used for much larger vessels such as bowls and vases; the technique remains common in China to the present day, and cloisonné enamel objects using Chinese-derived styles were produced in the West from the 18th century. [WIKI]
Get into this amazing ancient art form in our highly wearable Choker!