The word ‘enamel’ comes from the old German word ‘smelzan‘ meaning ‘to smelt’. Jewellers have been engaged with the art of enamelling since the 13th century or perhaps even earlier, dabbling in different techniques to immortalise the colourful artistry. When painted and fired onto gold, the result is a vibrant medley of colours that give life to the jewellery we love.
Image opener: Victor Mayer‘s fired enamelling technique highlights the intricate guillochè art in its pieces. As seen in this 18k white gold locket, a wavy guillochè pattern is fired in pink enamel, surrounding a diamond-studded centre. A multi-faceted 0.37ct aquamarine shines brightly at the heart of the locket, hanging from a white gold chain.