what is enamel?

Most all of the jewelry at lindseyowencustomjewelry.com is enameled. What is enamel? What should you expect with enameled jewelry? 


In simple terms, enamel is finely ground glass- a powder.  It gets sifted over metal and fired in a kiln at 1500 degrees.  The powdered glass fuses to the metal and creates a glassy, smooth and vibrantly colored surface.  


Enamel is an ancient practice, dating as far back as the 11th century. There are several techniques within the realm of enameling, some of which are cloisonne, champleve, basse-taille, plique-a-jour, and sgraffito.  


Enamel has been used on industrial signage, and can also be found on antique kitchen ware as well as jewelry. 


Enameled jewelry is fragile.  Please do not wear your jewelry constantly, or during heavy exercise. When you are not wearing your jewelry, place in a soft storage container that prohibits jostling with other jewelry.  Earrings should be stored in separate containers each to avoid chipping one another.  If you wear oil based skin products, try to skip the area where your jewelry sits on your body.  The oils can penetrate the metal and if worn a lot can separate the enamel from the surface.  


As a personal testimony, I, Lindsey have worn my enameled bracelets, earrings and necklaces with little to no damage over the years.  I have waited tables, nannied full time, done laundry and cleaned house in my enameled jewelry and have experienced little to no damage. If you drop your jewelry, it could chip or crack. This is in most cases an easy repair. Please discontinue use and contact LOCJ about repair procedure.  


Each repair is examined individually, so repair costs vary, and in a lot of cases will cost you nothing but shipping. 


Please contact LOCJ with any questions.  Refer to http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/186378/enamelwork for extensive enamelwork information.