Details: Enamel, Silver Cufflinks, Georg Jensen Denmark.
Dispatches from a small business in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Dimensions: 1.6 cm.
Weight in grams: 20.
Condition: Very good condition – slightly used with small signs of wear.
Vintage jewellery is jewellery that is not old enough to be classified as antique (100 years or older), but is also not modern or contemporary. It usually refers to jewellery made after the 1930s and includes Late Art Deco, Retro Era, Hollywood-inspired 1940's jewellery, Jacqueline Kennedy-inspired 1960's jewellery, and even dramatic jewellery from the 1970's and 1980's.
Enameling is a decoration technique in which a glass of certain composition is fused to the surrounding or under laying metal. Although the exact origins are unknown, the art of enamelling has been practiced since ancient times. The favor of adorning jewelry with bright colors has always existed and the use of glass created colors which nature – in the form of gemstones – could not provide for in ancient times. Excavations on Cyprus – in the Mediterranean – in the 1950's brought cloisonné enameled jewelry to the surface which dates from the 13th and 11th century BC. These are, to date, the earliest enameled items found in this particular technique.
Silver is a white metallic element, harder than gold, softer than copper and second only to gold in malleability and ductility. Represented on the Periodic Table of the Elements by the symbol Ag, silver is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Silver is considered one of the noble metals because of it is excellent resistance to oxidation. Historically, silver has played a prominent role in the production of jewelry an objets d'art and is usually alloyed with another metal to harden it enough to maintain the desired shape and details imparted to it.