Cloisonné enamel Ruby Throated Hummingbird Necklace
The technique cloisonne enamel makes the pictorial portion of this necklace. It entails carefully bending pure silver 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 jewel is sanded down so the wires are flush to the glass. The next step is the enamel jewel is sanded to a high polish, which gives a gorgeous effect of depth and translucency to the glass enamel.
The jewel is bezel set in a carefully handcrafted sterling silver, 22k gold, 18k gold and rose cut almandine Garnet setting for a necklace. The necklace can be worn both ways shown in photos.