In a landscape that catches the light and opalesces with every little movement - a pearlescent ancient city is glimpsed. Is that beneath the turquoise waves where dolphins frolic and human eye struggles to see - Or is that in fact another world, with ringed planet peeking in the rosy glow of the sky? What is it about Atlantis and our collective unconscious, a yearning for a utopia that we still feel and wonder about today?
This unique piece was designed and created specifically as a signature cuff for the Dreams of Atlantis collection launching Nov 2019. In this collection, iridescent stones and vitreous enamel landscapes are picked and themes of Atlantis as a trasncended state of mind are explored.
About This Piece
This dreamy landscape is created in the painstaking ancient process of cloisonné enamel; made with powdered glass, fine silver wire and foil, and 24ct gold foil highlights (For more info about vitreous enamel, scroll down)
This piece has been set into a weighty sterling silver cuff that in a size S/M, with a circumference of 6" plus a 1.25" gap. It is one-of-a-kind and you will be getting the very treasure pictured.
Like all my larger pieces or ones that that feature enamel. this comes signed and dated on the reverse for collectability.
Payment via layaway is possible - contact me to secure this piece and not let it get away.
What Is Enamel? In this technique used here - known as cloisonné - Fine silver wires were bent into shape to form an outline, which was then filled with several layers of coloured glass. Each layer of glass is fired to very high temperature inside a kiln till it liquefies, before a subsequent layer is laid. Each piece has as many as ten layers, each requiring individual firings. The lengthy process results in the creation of a manmade gemstone, with an image that has depth, luminance and texture. The technique is not widely employed in contemporary jewelry and thus rare and appealing to collectors.
Being glass, vitreous enamel is more durable than most gemstones out there and we have unearthed ancient enamels from millenia ago that have stood the test of time - but to allow this to become an heirloom (or join you in your pyramid) employ usual precautions when wearing handmade jewelry - no shocks, drops or chemicals.
Sterling silver will tarnish with time and exposure to the elements - happily, it can be very easily be kept looking bright with s jrerlty polishing cloth.