"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.
An absolutely breathtaking and rare plique-à-jour bug pin from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! This stunning brooch is particularly large in size and crafted in sterling silver and 14kt yellow gold, forming the shape of a fabulous open-winged insect. A multitude of colorful enameled cells represent the different sections of the wings, decorating the surface in earthy shades of deep reds, vibrant oranges and soft yellows, each individually separated by veins of polished silver. The 3-dimensional body of the insect features additional plique-à-jour cells in shades of celadon green while rich black and deep red enameling grace the thorax and head. Gorgeous old Rose Cut diamonds adorn the head, body, and line the center of all four wings, sparkling beautifully in the light with every turn. Finishing the piece is a fantastic moveable feature, allowing the hinged wings to move slightly in every direction, a fun and unique design element! Antennae and legs sprout from the top and bottom of the bug and resting on the back is the original c-catch clasp that securely fastens the long bar pin to a favorite garment. It's an incredible and artistic plique-à-jour pin that would make fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurement: The pin measures approximately 4 3/4" wide, 1 3/4" tall, and 5/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver and yellow gold setting, or to the plaque-à-jour enameling. All of the diamonds are intact and securely set. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.