“Japonisme” in the second half of the 19th century, was a craze for everything that came from Japan or imitated its style. While Japan remained unknown for Europeans for a long time, it appeared in its first mention in The Book of the Marvels of the World written by Marco Polo, as a civilized, rich and powerful island. When the Japanese ports opened to the west in 1854, Japan had been isolated for two centuries and Japanese art entered the western world. Traders started carrying back objects and works of art, and western artists and artisans began making work influenced by the Japanese aesthetic and techniques. Japanese- inspired motifs could be seen in every sector of design and decoration. The bright colours and love of nature were a welcome change from decades of historism. Among the earliest works of the renowned Belgian-born, Parisian jeweler and goldsmith Alexis Falize (1811–1898) were cloisonné enameled brooches, necklaces, bracelets, and chatelaines, inspired by the volumes of Japanese woodblock prints by Hokusai and Isai. The enamelwork was done by Antoine Tard. Cloisonné enamelling was prominent in ancient Greece, Egypt and Byzantium in particular, from where it was adopted by the Chinese during the Ming-dynasty, from where it made its way to Japan. Falize and Tard’s technical innovation was the skillful use of gold wire instead of copper, to separate differently colored enamels. This way the gold wires became part of the design instead of merely being the demarcation between different colours. Our blue and black pendant and earrings with flowers and birds are a rare surviving example.
If you’ve DMed me for deets, promise I’ll get back to you soon! Was MIA during the last 10-ish hours because I was on a flight to Dublin, Ireland. It’s suppose to be a family vacation, but you know I’m going to sneak off and look for jewelry. Not sure if I can find anything in the Emerald Isle, but all else fails, I’ll just post pretty pics of castles and seaside cliffs 👏🏼😆 The above pictured late 18th century French miniature pendant was found last month in Nice. 🤓 My jeweler to re-secure some of the pearls, but it will be ready for the shop when I get back home next week. I’ve also brought some of my work with me, so shop inventory updates should be forthcoming this week. I just won’t be able to ship anything until I fly back 8/28. ✈️ thank you everyone for your patience!! ♥️
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Our signature Green Goddess ring features a gorgeous mint green aquamarine set in rose gold with pave diamonds. 💚 This #ringstack is available in our SF store and online at www.trabertgoldsmiths.com (tap Have2HaveIt link in bio to purchase.) Tag your girls! 👯♀️ Be sure to enter our giveaway (see previous post.)