Plique-a-jour, in French, means “applied to carved spaces” or “membrane where daylight passes through”. The ‘plique-a-jour’ enameled jewelry is endowed with gleam and delicacy. This technique, described by Benvenuto Cellini in 1568, had been forgotten and then rediscovered by the French enamellists in the mid-19th century. Its effect is similar to the miniature.
The design of this jewelry takes inspiration from the motifs of the decoration of the Alhambra Palace located in Granada, southern Spain.
The ‘plique-a-jour’ technique is perfect for making earrings, allowing a larger transparent enamel effect possible.