Vintage French 18kt Plique à Jour Circular Pendant
"Plique A Jour" is a French term that means "braid letting in daylight". The term refers to the technique in which enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing. This allows light to shine through the transparent or translucent enamel and form a beautiful stained glass like appearance.
A fabulous Vintage plique-à-jour pendant from the 1950s era! Crafted in 18kt yellow gold, this French-made piece is relatively large in size and forms the shape of a large, elegant round disc. A multitude of colorful enameled cells decorate the entire surface, in vibrant shades of emerald green, royal blue, yellow, and rich red. Separating each cell are vibrant yellow gold veins, that perfectly compliment the unique and stunning design. The overall effect is an incredible "stained glass" appearance, that reflects the light beautifully with every turn. The piece dangles from a simple round bail at the top, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. Stamped near the bail is a maker's mark beside a French touchmark of an eagle head, indicating its gold purity. This gorgeous pendant adds a wonderful burst of color to any ensemble, and is perfect for the plique-à-jour collector!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1 3/4" long (including the bail at the top) and measures slightly less than 1 3/8" in diameter, and is about 1/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the yellow gold setting or plique à jour enameling. The bail is secure and in good working condition.