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Jewel of the day: Nicolette Absil Elongated Chrysanthemum Drop Earrings

These made-to-order earrings by Nicolette Absil feature her delicate enamel work. About the designer: “My work focuses on process and using enameling, the ancient art of fusing glass to metal, in a more contemporary manner. Nature serving as my inspiration, I illustrate serene and delicate imagery that I fuse into enamel and then set the work into hand fabricated settings. Recently, I have been working with multiples and repeating forms, as well as exploring the life cycles of flowers, capturing different stages of their existence.”

Chrysanthemum petals make for an effective design motif on the small surface of earrings. These are made with sterling silver, copper, vitreous enamel, graphite, 24k gold, and sell for USD$180.


Jewel of the day: Edie Charles Cameo Ring

Signet rings are a de rigeur quiet status symbol for people who have family crests. These enamel cameo rings are cute play on this, by designer Edie Charles, a graduate of Central Saint Martins school in London. In an interview with Elle magazine, she noted, “I would describe my designs as a fusion of minimal tribal and Art Deco. Very geometric with a focus on mixed materials. My current designs feature dark wood with silver and brightly colored resin. Despite the mix of materials, the work has a precious and luxurious feel. I would class my designs as wearable statement pieces. It’s important to me that my designs have unisex potential.”

You can see more of her work on her website; contact her for pricing and availability.


Jewel of the day: Jack Kelege Gold, Diamond and Enamel Earrings

jack-kelege-earringsI am guessing the red in these earrings is enamel, but the site’s description doesn’t say… nonetheless, they are quite pretty. By Jack Kelege, these are 18k white gold (also available in platinum) set with .52 ctw of princess cut diamonds, and 0.45 ctw of brilliant cuts. Price is available upon request.



Jewel of the day: Art Nouveau Enamel Pendant

The look of this pendant reminds me of Austrian and German makers of the (Art Nouveau) period, who did quite a few similar looking pieces, and were adept at enamel work. But there appear to be no markings on the silver frame. It is offered by Earthly Adornments, a fun treasure trove of jewellery, beads and plain fun stuff. They note, “Antique Art Nouveau stunning guilloche enamel scalloped pendant with sterling silver chain. The scalloped round enamel has been newly set in a prong set sterling silver backing. There are a few very tiny nicks to the enamel visible under a loupe, otherwise excellent antique condition. Pendant is 1-3/16 inches in diameter. Vintage sterling 15-1/4 inch chain and clasp.”

It sells for USD$150.


Jewel of the day: Vintage Enamel Bird Brooch

1st Dibs seller De Maria says this is an eagle, but I’m not so certain. Regardless, I love the enamel feathers and fierce head butt of this lovely avian brooch. It’s scented with black dotted white enamel, and the eye is set with a faceted ruby. The seller notes, “Marked on the back “TA76″ The clasp is a pin with a security clip. Origin Italy, circa 1970/80.”

This is selling for USD$3301.55.

Vintage bird brooch

Jewel of the day: Kat Cole Vacant Necklace

Kat Cole is a metalsmith who works in jewelry and sculpture. Her artist statement:

I find meaning through the observance and intimate awareness of the places I inhabit. With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make a location unique.  I look to the built environment of the city where I live for the formal qualities of my work: materials, forms, color and surface quality. The steel and concrete structures that surround us are evidence of human inhabitants- past and present.   Monumental structures are interpreted into the intimate scale of jewelry and are completed when worn on the landscape of the body.

Kat Cole is a studio artist in Dallas, TX.  Cole received her MFA at East Carolina University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Visiting Professor in Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University.  She has been a presenter at Yuma Symposium and Craft Boston, she teaches workshops nationally and has exhibited internationally, including Schmuck 2014 and 2015 in Munich, Germany.  Kat Cole’s work has been published in Lark Books’ 500 Enameled Objects, Schiffer Publishing’s Art Jewelry Today 3, Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, American Craft and Art Jewelry Magazine. Her work is in private and public collections including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Houston Museum of Fine Art.

This piece, called the Vacant Necklace, is steel and enamel and is available online at Mora Collection; it sells for USD$1,800.

Vacant Necklace

Jewel of the day: Vintage Enamel Blue Flower Brooch

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but there’s something to be said for having a bit of cash in the bank too. So you don’t have thousands for diamonds or pearls, but you’re craving a little something new?

Behold this vintage enamelled flower brooch, ready to be pinned to the lapel of your spring coat. Best of all, it’s a scant USD$20 from Etsy seller RhinestoneByrd.

Vintage Enamel Flower Brooch



Jewel of the day: Marc Alary Stacking Rings

Designer Marc Alary is best known for pieces incorporating animals or plant life; here he moves on to simple but still fun enameled stacking rings.

So far they seem to be available only in combinations of black and white, but these provide a nice graphic pop and are less sugary sweet than some all diamond bands.

They tend to run about USD$1400-ish and up; here a shot showing how a grouping looks together.

You can find them at Twist Online, among other retailers.

Marc Alary Stacking Rings

Jewel of the day: Tiffany Keys Heart Pendant

When Tiffany launched its keys collection a few years ago, it was extremely popular. The key motif has since been made available in gold, with or without diamonds, in silver, and in silver with enamel. This one features a heart enamelled in Tiffany robin’s egg blue; should you need to show someone some heart for Valentine’s Day this year, it is USD$150; the 16 inch chain is an additional USD$50.

Tiffany Heart Keys


Jewel of the day: Hermes Hinged Enamel Bracelet

Until recently, Hermes enamels came in a bangle you slipped over your hand, or in their Clic Clac H bracelet, which opened with a small H logo turned to one side. Now they also offer an enamel with a bulbous hinge on the front; it’s also available in plain colours and printed designs. Hermes has also hopped onto the rose gold bandwagon (this is also available in palladium/silver tone plate, as well a yellow gold metal).

This sells for USD$660 and is available in different widths and sizes.

Hermes Hinged Enamel Bracelet

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