From the ancient Persians who called the art of enameling, 'meenakari' ('to place paradise onto an object') to ancient Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, and China - the decorative technique of enameling has been a widespread practice for millennia.
Enamel is a kind of powder usually consisting of natural quartz sand and various metal oxides. This powder is made into a 'fondant' or paste and is applied to metals for decorative effect. This 'glass composite' is then fused to the object using very high temperatures (between 750 and 850 °C).
This chain has a certain je-ne-sais-quoi that simply makes her a notable example. We love the black and white subtle "Swiss enamel" slide that dominates the construction, and the dog clip that allows for incredible versatility when worn.
Materials and Features: 15k gold
Age/Origin: Swiss, Victorian, c. 1860
Measurements: 20 grams, 50"
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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