Alexandra Raphael has perfected the ancient craft of enamelling over many years. Specialising in Plique-à-jour (or backless enamel) and cloisonné jewellery, she spends hours bending and shaping her ribbons of fine silver and gold wire. Gradually she applies a thin layer of ground glass between her intricate wire design and fires at 800ºC. The painstaking procedure has begun. Another layer of glass is applied and fired. Layers of translucent enamel overlap each other and the depth of colour emerges with each new application and firing. Finally the finished enamel piece is ready for polishing.
Image: Plique-a-jour bowl with silver and gold base