Monday, November 19, 2012

French Antique JEWELRY ~ History of GUILLOCHE Enamel

Guilloché (or Guilloche) is a decorative engraving technique in which a very precise intricate repetitive pattern or design is mechanically engraved into an underlying material with fine detail. Specifically, it involves a technique of engine turning, called guilloché in French after the French engineer “Guillot”, who invented a machine “that could scratch fine patterns and designs on metallic surfaces”. The machine, called a rose engine, improved upon the more time-consuming practice of making similar designs by hand, allowing for greater delicacy, precision, and closeness of the line, as well as greater speed.

Yet another account is that it derives from the French word for an engraving tool, not the engine turning machine.

A guilloche is a repetitive architectural pattern used in classical Greece and Rome, and neo-classical architecture as well as medieval Cosmatesque stone inlay work, of two ribbons winding around a series of regular central points. These central points are often blank, but may contain a figure, such as a rose. Guilloche is a back-formation from guilloché, so called because the architectural motif resembles the designs produced by Guilloche techniques.

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

French Antique Jewelry and GIFTS in LA County this Sunday!!

Just some of our Latest designs!!!!

We will be at the Long Beach antique Market this Sunday,  November 18th in our usual spot!

Hope to see you there!!
If you need help finding us, please call (714) 310-0702

If you cannot make please consider an appointment in my studio!

Happy Holidays!!


Friday, November 16, 2012

St Jude Charity Event Success!!!

A BIG MERCI to all of my wonderful Friends and Customers who attended the St Jude Charity Event last night!

We raised a good sum for this remarkable Charity!

Lynn Konrad