French, Blue Enamel and Gold Star Earrings: Starry Skies
Our item of the week, is this delicate vintage pair of 1950’s blue enamel and gold earrings. When we discovered them, they were a pair of cufflinks. We could not resist the small gold stars painted on the blue enamel with a diamond moon at the center. The enamel panel is framed in gold with additional etched stars. Hence the name – Starry Skies. We added 18kt gold lever backs and a few additional diamonds (stars falling from the sky) linked to the ends to give them movement and additional sparkle. For more information on this item, visit the the Spun Sugar Collection at Sugar et Cie.
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To put it simply, enameling is the process of fusing a mixture of ground glass to metal through the application of high heat. It is a complicated process that requires great skill and training. A wide range of vivid colors can be created. Jewelers love the endless color possibilities and enjoy creating pieces that would not otherwise be possible through the use of colored gemstones alone. The French are well known for the quality of their enamel work. Over many centuries they, and others, developed many different techniques for working with enamel, but are probably the most well known for the painting of enamel that flourished in Limoges, France. Cartier and Lalique, are two excellent 20th century examples of french jewelers who incorporated enamel work into many of their famous pieces of jewelry.
Wear it with Blue and White
These earrings are great for the upcoming season. They are full of sparkle and shine. Wear them with pink, red, black, anything really, but we think they would look amazing for summer with blue and white. The following are three different looks, featuring white dresses and blue accessories.
As pictured: Soft Multi-Layer Dress, by James Perse at RevolveClothing.com
As pictured: Wide Strapped Ruched Dress, by James Perse at RevolveClothing.com
As pictured: Masada Dress, by Bailey 44 at senecamoss.com
As pictured: T-Strap Platform Sandal, by Giuseppe Zanotti
As pictured: Strapped Peep Toe Bootie, also by Giuseppe Zanotti
As pictured: Arella Suedette Platform shoes, at Boohoo.com
An alternative: Miss Benin, by Christian Louboutin.