Today, we’re taking a look at one of my favorite categories of jewelry making. Plique-à-jour is a French term that translates loosely to “letting in the daylight.” The term describes a category of jewelry that uses transparent enamel without backing, creating a stained glass effect. It was most popular during the Art Nouveau era, which produced many fine examples of the merging of the art of the age in glowing miniature. I am fortunate enough to own a couple of pieces of this style of jewelry, and they’re so gorgeous, I’m tempted to hang them in my windows when I’m not wearing them.
You can see more amazing antique and contemporary works of plique-à-jour on Instagram.