Monday, September 12, 2011

The ELGANCE COLLECTION - Ivoryite and Cloisonne !

Ivoryite barrels and rondels highlight the black and gold Cloisonne metal beads.

Crystals with brass heische beads and black glass diamond beads complete the necklace.

This 18 inch necklace with a 2 inch extender uses a gold plated S-hook clasp.

The matching earrings are gold plated French hook style, Ivorite rodels, Cloisonee and Crystal beads with a 2 1/4 inch drop.

Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, but in recent centuries using vitreous enamels, and also inlays of cut gemstones, glass, and even linen. and other cloth materials, has become common place, especially in jewelry beads and pendants.

Ivoryite is a great substitute for ivory. It is a sedimentary precipitate of magnesium, calcium and silica. It is 5 to 5-1/2 on the Moh's scale, which makes it slightly harder than ivory. Ivoryite can be worked with metal tools, but cuts effortlessly with diamond tools. Polishes well with diamond, tin oxide, cerium oxide or white rouge. Excellent material for inlay, cabochons and small carvings. Do not confuse Ivoryite with Ivorite, whic is a black tektite material from Africa. The majority of Ivoryite currenly comes from the western United States, especially Colorado and California.

Czech Crystals and black Glass are also used in this set.