By:
Jeffrey M. Bertman
Graduate Gemologist

Enameling is the technique of fusing glass to metal that creates beautiful pieces of jewelry characterized by deep, rich colors. Perhaps the most famous of enameling techniques is “guilloche,” which is a decorative engraving technique (called “engine turning”) that involves scratching fine patterns and designs on metallic surfaces. The indentations are then filled with different colors and opacities of enamel to create an intriguingly beautiful effect. While Fabergé may not have been the first person to use this technique, he brought guilloche to its most heightened effect in the form of his famous Fabergé eggs. Although the machines used to create guilloche are no longer produced, beautiful enamel pieces in various forms A TOUCH OF GLASS remain very popular. Enamel jewelry has been around since the time of Romans and Egyptians. It is available in different shapes, sizes and designs. Today, more and more people want enamel jewelry as they are undeniably beautiful and they make great gifts for any occasion.

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