Antique Arts & Crafts Plique a Jour Enamel Earrings Silver Gilt

Sometimes, when I’m shopping in Europe, I come across a piece of jewelry I absolutely must have. I’m so overwhelmed by the beauty, the rarity, the history, and the artistry that once I pick it up I refuse to put it down. I found this pair of earrings in Amsterdam, displayed in a window, its enamel glowing in the sunlight. The colors were so cheery I nearly forgot about the cold winter wind of the day.

These stunning plique-a-jour enamel drop earrings are like stained glass windows for your ears. Each piece bears red, yellow, and teal enamel with a cabochon cut green paste at its center, all set in gilded sterling. Each earring measures 50.1 x 22.8 mm and together this stunning pair weighs 8.4 grams. They bear the silver fineness mark, “STERLING” and the maker’s mark, “WMC”. Fully hand crafted around 1900-1910, I’m not entirely certain of their country of origin, but suspect that they may be German, Austrian or Dutch.

Plique-a-jour is French for “light of day”. It’s a form of enameling in which each cell is created within the metalwork of a piece of jewelry and then filled with enamel. When the piece is fired it forms a stained-glass-like effect. It’s a challenging and time-consuming technique, but when done correctly, the results are simply stunning. Case in point: this breathtaking pair of earrings.

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Item ID: ES0318009VS



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