Edwardian guilloche enamel silver locket
Guilloche enamel is wonderful stuff. This style of enamelling is an art form and usually credit goes to the enameler’s expertise. It is in fact (in my opinion) the engraving beneath the enamel that deserves the kudos. A very clever and mind-boggling machine called a rose engine is used to engrave these patterns. It is essentially a fancy type of lathe with various complications that when set up correctly and manipulated with skill produces very intricate patterns. This is the foundations for the enamel and when the two are combined they work perfectly together to give exceptional depth and colour metal. The most notable use of this technique is seen in Faberge. The Russian jewellery house made use of this style of enamelling in most of its creations. I would love for it to be Faberge but this is a good old classic British locket.
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