Enameling has long been a popular technique for fine jewelry, ranging from pins and charms to earrings and bracelets. The ancient process begins with powdered colored glass, or powdered clear glass that has been mixed with pigments, which is applied to a metal object and then fired until it melts. The result is a layer of pure color on a surface.

Variations of the technique in fine jewelry include cloisonné, in which the enamel is contained within walls of fine wire or metal, and plique à jour, which removes the metal backing behind the enamel so it’s translucent. One of the most sought makers of vintage enamel jewelry is Limoges.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

All About Jewels Dictionary

All About Jewels Dictionary

This incredible reference dictionary on jewelry, from Enchantedlearning.com, is both beautiful and comprehensive. S… [read review or visit site]

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Morning Glory Antiques and Jewelry

Jewelry collectors, feast your eyes on this internet gem! It's a goldmine of jewelry information featuring all styl… [read review or visit site]

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

Cathy Gordon's Jewelry Gallery

With its vast galleries featuring clear images of jewelry and style, this site really covers it all! Divided up by … [read review or visit site]

Jewel History

Jewel History

Since March of 2007, readers of Lori Ettlinger Gross’s JewelHistory blog have been treated to her weekly (sometim… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Stunning Art Nouveau Silver Enamel Pendant Charles Horner 1911Georgian 2.58ct Diamond & Royal Blue Guilloche Enamel Mourning Ring - Circa 1800A Beautiful Murrle Bennett Art Nouveau Silver And Enamel Pendant, C1900Victorian 9ct Rosey Gold Ring With Pearl And Blue Guilloche Enamel C 1880'sVintage Sterling Silver Repousse Puffed Heart Enamel Pansy Animal Charm BraceletAntique Vintage Art Deco Sterling Silver 925 Enamel Guilloche Necklace Locket Extremely Fine & Rare Large Whh Silver & Enamel Pill Box Birmingham1909Vintage Ivar T Holt Norwegian Silver And White Enamel Starfish BroochVintage Signed Art Deco Sterling Silver Chrysoprase Glass Enamel BraceletVtg Walter Lampl Guilloche Enamel Sterling Puffy Heart Charm Bracelet More 27.7gBeautiful Norwegian? Art Nouveau 830s Silver & Enamel Festoon Necklace With MarkAntique Ww1 Era Silver Enamel Butterfly Brooch1930s Vintage Art Deco Egyptian Revival Silver Gilt & Enamel Mummy Stick/tie PinDavid Andersen Sterling Silver Guilloche Enamel Bracelet & Earrings Set Norway Fa Hermann Signed Art Deco Octagon Blue Guilloche Enamel Rose Pendant NecklaceAntique Solid Sterling Silver Art Nouveau Charles Horner Enamel Pin BroochAntique 9ct Rose Gold Seed Pearl & Enamel Brooch Solid Sterling Silver Enamel Blue Butterfly Brooch Pin John Atkins & Son 1918 Vintage Walter Lampl Guilloche Sterling Silver Pearl Rose Pendant Heart CharmUnusual Victorian 15ct Gold Snake Pendant /brooch Blue Guilloche Enamel DiamondStunning Charles Horner Silver & Enamel Art Nouveau Scarab Brooch Pin 1909Murrle Bennett Silver Enamel Art Nouveau Pendant C1905Large Vtg 14k Yellow Gold Enameled 3-d Man Elephant Jeweled Charm Pendant 14.8gVictorian 9ct Gold Blue Guilloche Enamel Pendant / Locket With Pearls C 1860'sAntique Victorian Yellow Metal Mourning Brooch, Black Enamel & Woven Hair LocketVintage David Webb 18k Yellow Gold Black Enamel Diamond 2 Carat Ring Size 5.75Vintage Sterling Silver Guilloche Enamel Rose Puffy Heart Padlock CharmVintage Sterling Silver Baby Blue Guilloche Enamel Puffy Heart CharmArt Deco Silver Enamel Marcasite Jade Bird Brooch 930 Stunning C1920Antique Late Victorian Fire Engine Red Champleve Enamel Earrings 14k & Gilt $1nrVictorian 9ct Gold Ring With Cross Seed Pearls And Dark Blue Enamel C 1860'sMargot Van Voorhies Carr/margot De Taxco #5685 Vintage 925 Enamel Clip EarringsAntique Norwegian Guilloche Enamel Solje Brooch Pin Circa 1920Antique Edwardian 9ct Gold Oval Panel Black Green Orange Enamelled Floral RingDavid-andersen Willy Winnaess Vintage Sterling Silver Enamel Brooch & Earrings 14k Yellow Gold Shadow Box Frame Wedding Ring Hands Anniversary Pendant Charm15gVintage Antique Sterling Silver Jewelry Necklace Enamel Silhouette Of WomanVintage Trade Scrap Silver Enamel Gold Victorian Brooch Fobs Cameo MarquisiteMens 925silver & Enamel Cufflinks Stunning Large & Heavy Designer Silver Enamel Cross Pendant Rosary Bead NecklaceAntique Georgian Yellow Gold Black Enamel & Seed Pearl Mourning Brooch, Hair.Vintage Scottish Silver And Enamel Thistle BroochAntique Art Deco Silver Pierre Bex Signed Cherub Flower Enamel Pin BroochTiffany & Co Return To Tiffany Silver Blue Enamel Heart Mini Ball Bead Bracelet Vintage Sterling Silver Charm Bracelet 17 Enamel & Solid Sterling Charms 74.2grAntique Silver Guiloche Enamel Brooch / Pin.C1895 Art Nouveau Fine 14k Enamel Girls Face Flowing Hair W/ Pearl Stickpin Antique 14ct Gold Enamel World Globe Pendant & ChainFine Antique Edwardian S925 Sterling Silver & Blue Enamel Flower Brooch/pinRare Vintage Sterling Silver & Enamel Modernist Bracelet, Perli, 7.5", 50.3gFine Union Jack Enamel Gold PendantBeautiful Vintage David Anderson Silver Gilt And Enamel Pansy EarrigsAntique Victorian Diamond Seed Pearl Enamel Lavalier Pendant 10k Yellow GoldAntique Vintage German Silver Enamel Playing Card King Hearts Fob Charm Pendant Antique Victorian 10k Gold Pearl Purple & White Enamel Violet Flower Brooch PinSuperb, Very Large, Art Nouveau Chinese Sterling Silver Enamel Pendant/amethystAntique Silver Guiloche Enamel Brooch / Pin.Beautiful Antique Austro-hungarian Silver Turquoise Ruby Enamel Brooch C1890Vintage 1950's 14k Solid Gold 4 Get Not Musical Note Enamel Charm 2.4 GramsVintage Solid Silver Rope Work Celtic Enamel Sections Ladies Bracelet Bangle