The technique cloisonne enamel makes up the pictorial portion of these earrings. It entails carefully bending pure pure gold ribbons of wire and fusing them to a pure silver surface with clear enamel. The following layers of enamel are colored and can take 10 to 35 firings in a kiln depending on complexity of the design. 24 karat gold and pure silver foils are fired into the layers to create a shimmering effect. After all the firings are complete the enamel jewels are sanded down so the wires are flush to the glass. The next step is the enamel jewels are sanded to a high polish, which gives a gorgeous effect of depth and translucency to the glass enamel.
* The buildings are set in sterling silver with 18k gold accents. 24k gold foils are used underneath the enamel to create windows in the little buildings. The lever backs are sterling silver.