Cloisonné (French for “partition”) is an ancient technique used for decorating metalwork objects. First developed in jewelry in Near East, artisans used thin wire to form cloisons. The crafts spread further to the Byzantine Empire and then to China. The rings from 12th century BC found in Cyprus are the oldest cloisonné jewelry found to date.
Multiple artisans are involved in the process of making cloisonné enamel. Metals such as copper, silver and gold can be used as a body for the jewelry. The cloisonné wire is made from silver or fine gold and is 0.07 millimeter thin. This partition is applied to the jewelry and is served as a color separator.
Frit – a crushed to powder glass – is mixed with water and applied into the partitions. After the painting is done, the item is fired in the oven. This process is repeated couple of times to make sure coating is built up to the height of the partitions. The jewelry is then polished to ensure even and smooth surface.
Georgian cloisonné enamel dates back more than 1,200 years. Georgian collection of cloisonné enamel is well known for its richness, diversity and high artistic value. The old tradition keeps evolving transforming cloisonné enamel into contemporary fashion accessory.
KIMILI cloisonné enamel maintains the finesse and riches of Georgian traditional enamel mixed with modern design. This handmade luxury items are modern in looks and traditional in its value.