Enameling, in some form or another, has been around since the 13th century BC. It took a long time to perfect it, though, some form of metal had to be used with early enamel, to hold each color distinctly apart from its neighbor (interesting note, these little metal bars were called cloisons, hence one name for this type of enameling is cloisonné). In the 15th century the technique of painted enamel was perfected and suddenly the cloisons were gone and wonderful, rich details could be gleaned from this once mosaic-like art form.
This Art Deco locket was hand crafted around 1920. It’s done all in silver and then machine turned to produce an overall engraved pattern, then the locket was fired with a rich opaque white enamel and a fluid lavender enamel which is translucent, giving it a look of constant movement. The shape, the concentric circles, the depth of the enamel covered engraving, all combine to make this a very dynamic piece. The face of this locket measures 37.3 mm from the top of the bale and 28 mm across, it’s 5.4 mm thick. This one opens easily and closes with a nice little snap; it weighs 8.1 grams.
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