What is enamel?
True vitreous enamel, a technique made famous in the 1900’s by jewelers like Lalique, Faberge and Tiffany, is the beautiful fusion of fired glass with sterling silver, resulting in a lustrous color that will never change. Each piece is enameled by hand. We’d like to introduce you to just a few of the difficult techniques used to produce the exclusive Nicole Barr jewelry designs.
Plique à Jour
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 lights shines through the rich, lustrous enamel color. Each beautiful, delicate piece is translucent – suspended between silver wires without a backing, creating the effect of a stained glass window.
French for “low cut”, in this technique a pattern is created in the sterling silver before enameling, 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.