Plique-à-jour (French for "letting in daylight") is a vitreous enamelling technique where the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product, so light can shine through the transparent or translucent enamel.
It is in effect a miniature version of stained-glass and is considered very challenging technically: high time consumption (up to 4 months per item), with a high failure rate. The technique is similar to that of cloisonné, but using a temporary backing that after firing is dissolved by acid or rubbed away. The technique was developed in the Byzantine Empire in 6th century AD.
Wouldn't this piece look amazing on a winter coat? Or, hanging from your neck at a cocktail party?
This stunning Plique a’ jour Butterfly can be worn as a brooch or hang from a chain as a pendant. 18K yellow gold . Diamonds .10cts, Peacock Blue Tahitian pearl, Sapphires .46cts. Immediately available to be shipped.