How it's Made

Color Your World with Cloisonné

Hey, cloisonné: You're looking fine after all these years. What's your secret? Read on to explore our resplendent range of colorful product and learn about the history of this timeless technique.

 Cloisonne Mini Vase Set

Cloisonné is a process of enameling a metal form, whereby fine wires are used to delineate decorative areas (cloisons in French, hence cloisonné) into which enamel paste is applied. Finally, the piece is kiln-fired and polished to enhance its vibrancy.

 Floral Cloisonne Oval Pendant / Rust Fluted Floral Cloisonne Round Pendant / Blue and White Floral Cloisonne Teardrop Pendant

Smaller cloisonné objects such as jewelry were found in the tombs of Pharaohs, but the introduction of enamel around the 12th century B.C. immensely enhanced the possibilities of coloration and level of sophistication.  Over subsequent centuries, the practice expanded to decorative objects displaying increasingly intricate detail.

 

 

 Red Floral Cloisonne Vase with Stand / Blue Floral Cloisonné Vase with Stand

The first instances of Chinese cloisonné appeared around the mid-15th century, preceding the establishment of 18th-century imperial workshops. Eventually, the heavy bronze or brass base bodies were exchanged for significantly lighter copper vessels. Authentic examples of the former can be spotted in our exhibition. Our line is executed in copper, resulting in a more lightweight and versatile object.

 

 Blue Cloisonne Jar / Turquoise Cloisonne Jar / Green Cloisonne Jar / Gold Cloisonne Jar / Red Cloisonne Jar

This updated iteration is perfect for jewelry and flexible decorating, yet retains the authenticity of individual craftsmanship. 

 

Carnelian and Floral Earrings / Carnelian and Floral Necklace /  Ear Pink Cloisonne & Jade / Pink Floral Cloisonne and Jade Bead Necklace

Our assortment interprets time-tested ingenuity for modern life. It is ancient artistry with longevity. Get your own instant heirloom today: