Cloisonné and Champlevé
The traditional Cloisonné and Champlevé enamelling techniques are used to add colour to metalwork by creating small compartments which are filled with enamel paste. The cloisonné enamel technique creates partitions above the surface of the metal object. The champlevé enamel technique involves the creation of depressions below the surface.
Basse-taille enamel technique
Basse-taille is an enamel technique that reveals the base patterns of a jewellery design, the Basse-taille – or “low cut.” This technique applies clear enamel to the surface of the metal, to reveal the pattern underneath when the light hits it.
The shaded enamel process involves multiple layers of enamel applied to a piece of jewellery to create a natural-looking effect. Deep sterling silver channels are made in the jewellery piece to house the first layer of hand-applied enamel.
A second layer of enamel is used to create the shaded effect, adding more concentrated amounts of the colour to certain areas. A final transparent enamel coating is added on top to ensure a smooth surface and even shading. After each of the three layers of enamel is applied, the jewellery piece is then fired in an oven.
Pandora creates a tie-dye effect with shades of blue enamel on this Blue Butterfly Wing charm to recreate the visual effect of butterfly wings.
Glitter gives everything it touches a magical feel. Pandora's glitter enamel takes the wonderful glitter effect and adds it to strong, durable enamel for a sparkly, wonderous expression that lasts and never loses its magic.
Transparent enamel is simple and striking. Transparent enamel is used on the Pink and Aqua Enchantment charms. Aquatic blue and pale pink hues are applied on top of a spherical sterling silver charm with small raised “beads". The texture peeking through the enamel creates an enchanting effect.
Vibrant enamel hues are used to create a beautiful rainbow effect on the new jewellery pieces. The colours are not those of a traditional rainbow but has gained a more feminine, Pandora twist.