Cloisonne enamel tulip earrings set in sterling silver with sterling silver ear wires
The technique cloisonne enamel makes the pictorial portion of these earrings. 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 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 jewels are bezel set in a carefully handcrafted sterling settings for earrings. The ear wires are also sterling silver The technique is quite labor intensive but the results are a magical beautiful piece of finely handcrafted jewelry.