Namfleg enamel jewelry continues traditions of Egyptian and Byzantine artists from the Carl Faberge’s workshop. Just as it was 140 years ago, all jewelry pieces are handmade by highly skilled artisans.
IDEA AND SKETCH
Work on each article starts with drawing a sketch inspired by masterpieces of world art and sculpture. Along with creating a drawing we make a wax model, which will be a product prototype.
METAL CASTING AND SETTING OF SILVER WIRES
Basing on the given sketch artisan casts precious metal making a piece of jewelry. Then he adds compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by soldering silver or gold wires and in that way forming a unique ornament.
Selected enamel plates are ground to fine powders and then color testing on silver is made. On the next stage enameler places the fine colored powder into each cloison and puts the piece into a muffle furnace.
Enamel pieces are fired in the muffle furnace at about 800°C. Enamel evenly fills in all the cloisons, melting into a colored glass – a timeless piece of art. During the firing process enamel in the cloisons sinks down a lot, so this process is repeated several dozen times until all cloisons are filled to the top of the wire edge.
POLISHING AND GALVANIZATION
The final step is polishing. It is at this stage the jewelry piece gains unsurpassed brilliance and beautifully catches the light. To preserve the appearance each piece is gold or rhodium plated.
WHEN YOU’RE PUTTING IT ON
In the past only the elite could afford to hold and wear enamel jewelry. Nowadays this opportunity is open to everyone, though only those who really value beauty and skillfulness of artisans can appreciate these pieces.