Posted 4 years ago
The value and beauty of antique jewelry is not always depending on precious stones. Turtle shell (fortunately today banned but very widely used for antique jewelry and utensils such as fans, hairpins etc.) can take a very high surface polish, and lends itself well to other decorative techniques such as engraving and carving. Some of the piqué jewelry of the past are of such translucent delicacy that they resemble lace. In the best examples the craftsman has used great artistry to adapt the design to the natural mottling and color variation of the basic material. Two such examples pique jewelry is shown here:
A very beautiful domed brooch decorated with piqué inlay. We can see that the light passes through the beautifully mottled shell which forms a wonderful foil for the inlay work. Here the decoration consists of very beautiful flowers, a star and dots. This form is called piqué point. This brooch has a diameter of almost inches.
However there are much more elaborate forms in which both gold and silver inlay are used, with the inlaid shapes cut into stars, flowers and other motifs. In the most elaborate and costly form of piqué work other materials such as mother of pearl may also be added.
Showed in this piqué photo locket depicting flowers and with leaves of mother of pearl.