Thomas Glover specialises in antique and period jewellery from circa 1780 to 1960 with an emphasis on Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco. Visit our jewellery shop in Shrewsbury and browse our antique engagement rings.

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Enamel Jewellery

Enamels have long been used to decorate the surface of metal objects, originally as a substitute for the more costly process of inlaying with precious or semiprecious stones but later as a decorative medium in their own right. Whereas paint on metal has a short life and is overshadowed by the brilliance of the polished metal, enamelling gives the metal a durable decorative finish. 

Enamel work was particularly popular in Victorian and Edwardian jewellery since the introduction of Guilloché (or guilloche) which is a decorative technique in which a very precise, intricate and repetitive pattern is mechanically engraved into an underlying material via engine turning, which uses a machine of the same name. This mechanical technique improved on more time-consuming designs achieved by hand and allowed for greater delicacy and precision the work carried out by the craftsperson.