Posted 6 years ago
As you can see I am a great admirer of Piqué juwelry. I wonder why I did'nt see some Piqué juwelry up till now on Show & Tell.
It's forbidden to make this kind of jewelry nowadays and that's good because the Hawkins bill turtle is one of the protected animals. But in the good old times this kind of jewelry was loved very much also to make jewelry and other things of it. The shield of the Hawkins bill turtle was heated and then poured into a mold and than the handworksmen make (very often by hand) engravements of gold, silver, mother of pearl and so on and put in a moulding. After cooling down the jewelry hardened out and was ready for use. Because this it's forbidden since long now it will become more and more rare. I'll hope you will enjoy it like me. See also one of my finest pique brooches: