Learn about Plique-A-Jour

Plique a jour, which translates from the French as “glimpse of daylight” is a method of enamelling in which the backing is removed or cut away so the light shines through, with a similar effect to a stained glass window. The enamel is held in place by border. Although the technique of plique-a-jour has been known and in use since the 6th century, it became popular again in the late 19th century, in Russia and Scandinavia. Plique-a-jour was popular in the Art Nouveau period, especially for jewellery. Because of the length of time required to produce an item, and the high failure rate, production was limited, and the technique is little used today.
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Three Chinese Plique a jour items. Two cups and one bowl. Floral decoration to each. Height 4.5 cm (cups) Dia10 cm (bowl)

A Plique a Joure enamel silver butterfly brooch, set with 7 round brilliant cut diamonds and 2 cultured pearls. Width 52mm

A sterling silver Plique a jour enamel dragonfly brooch, set with cabochon amethysts and round brilliant cut diamonds. Dimensions 67 x 47mm.

A Plique a jour diamond and pearl butterfly brooch, featuring 7 round brilliant cut diamonds set in silver. Width 50mm.

A Plique a jour enamel silver dragonfly brooch, set with amethyst and round brilliant cut diamonds, 50 x 70mm.

A pair of plique a jour and gem set butterfly earrings; set in silver with round brilliant cut diamonds and freshwater pearls

Art Nouveau style Plique a jour dragonfly brooch; set in silver with amethysts and round brilliant cut diamonds. Length 50mm.

A Plique a jour butterfly brooch; set with cabochon tourmalines and round brilliant cut diamond eyes in silver. Width 48mm.

A plique a jour silver brooch; fashioned as a cicada featuring coloured enamel and set with citrine and round brilliant cut diamond eyes. Width 77mm. Wt. 13g.

A Chinese plique a jour bowl 20th century 5 cm high x 8 diameter

A Plique a jour silver butterfly brooch; set with amethysts, blue topaz and a faux pearl. Length 95mm. Weight 22.4g

An Art Nouveau style plique a jour necklace/brooch, the finely detailed 'Winged lady' with opaque enamel and diamond set wings, suspending an oval pearl, on a detachable trace link chain, with pin fitting to reverse, in 18ct gold with box and papers

An Art Nouveau style plique a jour necklace/brooch, the finely detailed 'Moon Goddess' in an opaque enamel and diamond set surround, suspending a Baroque silver pearl, on a detachable trace link chain, with pin fitting to reverse, in 18ct gold with box and

A Plique a jour silver butterfly brooch; set with cabochon sapphires and two round brilliant cut diamonds. Dimensions 70 x 40mm. Weight 15g

A Plique a jour silver butterfly brooch; set with cabochon amethysts and two round brilliant cut diamonds. Weight 7.4gm. Length 50mm

An Art Nouveau gem-set brooch, circa 1905, designed as a green plique a jour enamel panel of foliate motif, depicting a sculpted gold female face, accented by an old brilliant-cut diamond collet, suspending an articulated pearl pendant, mounted in 14 carat

A Plique a jour brooch, the oval brooch set with floral motifs with fine coloured enamel detail, in 18ct gold, with original fitted box.

A silver Plique a jour butterfly brooch; set with round brilliant cut diamonds, cabochon moonstones and a sapphire.50 x 45mm. Wt. 7.9gm.

A Plique a jour silver brooch; 70 x 45mm butterfly brooch set with two round brilliant cut diamonds and five cabochon blue topaz. Wt. 12.4gm.

A Plique a jour gem set butterfly brooch; featuring green and white enamel and set withpink cabochon tourmalines and two round brilliant cut diamonds in silver.

An Art Nouveau style enamel pendant the plique a jour pendant set with a diamond and articulated pearl drop in 14ct gold

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