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Two Turtles white sapphire enamel silver necklace

Product code: EA9849
£245.00
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Two Turtles white sapphire enamel silver necklace

A sterling silver circle pendant enclosing a pair of sea turtles with aqua blue green enamel and plique a jour bodies, and white sapphire eyes. The pendant is 30mm in diameter and is on a sterling silver semi-rigid anaconda chain which is adjustable up to a length of 18 inches. All of the sterling silver is rhodium plated to prevent tarnishing.

Plique-a-jour

A French term meaning glimpse of Day, plique- a-jour is a particularly difficult technique whereby delicate translucent enamel is suspended between threads of silver. This allows the light to pour through, illuminating the colours with the same brilliance as a stained glass window seen in sunlight.

Plique-jour is a technique used by the French enamellists Lalique and Feuillatre in the 1900’s. The French term means “glimpse of day”.

This difficult technique has been revived by the craftsman who made this pendant. The enamel is suspended between gold wires and is fired without any backing so that the light can shine through.

A plique-a-jour enamel piece requires many painstaking hours to complete. Patience and humility are the most important tools for this technique! It’s a work of art that needs to be treated with care like a fine glass sculpture.

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