contemporary enamel

Enameling is one of the oldest forms of surface decoration, used to add color to jewelry without having to rely on gemstones. I make my own version of contemporary enamel jewelry, reinventing traditional techniques. The largest part of my collection consists of earrings, the love of my life!

Browse and shop KViKSØLV’S finest online collection of contemporary, enamel. We have a wide-ranging collection to suit your unique aesthetic. Above all, all our pieces are carefully crafted and a pleasure to live with.

At its core, enamel is the fusion of powdered glass to metal. Enamel is a temperamental technique in which you fire each piece in a kiln at temperatures ranging from 650 to 900 celcius. Afterwords you remove the piece and allowe it to cool to room temperature. Subsequently coats, in different colors are applied. Sometimes a piece needs many firings to bring about the desired results. As a result the enamel can crack, or discolor. The damage can be irreparable and the piece considered a total loss. With that in mind, beautifully made enamel pieces feel that much more precious.

cloisonné

Cloisonné (“cell” in French) is the technique I use most. Having said that, as I often like to do, I did reinvent the technique for my own specific needs. With cloisonné you firstly use thin wires of fine silver or gold to outline a design, secondly you fill the design with enamel. Subsequently you place the piece in a kiln where the enamel melts. Cloisonné distincts itself because the individual wires remain visible, so forming an outline of the motif for my contemporary enamel jewelry.

a cselection of contemporary handmade earrings, made from silver, gold and enamel