This is a vintage Plique-á-jour butterfly brooch in beautiful and vibrant colors. This butterfly has fine filigree work for his wings, overlaid with enamel in aqua, green, red, and purple. Plique ‘a Jour is a French term meaning ‘letting in daylight’. A process in which enamel is applied in wire cells, similar to cloisonné, but without a backing. As it is transparent, light easily shines through the translucent enamel causing it to appear much like stained glass. This butterfly is constructed of silver twisted filigree metal that has a gold wash, it is marked 800 for the silver content and, in a rectangular cartouche, 79 GE, for Genoa Italy. It was made by a true artisan in Italy.
- Size: 1¾ x 1½ inches
- Hallmarked 800 (Quality mark for European Silver)
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