Enamelling effects and techniques
Pandora uses enamel with seven different levels of transparency to create a number of beautiful effects on our jewellery designs.
1. Adding colour
Cloisonné and champlevé enamelling techniques are used to add colour to metalwork by creating small compartments which are filled with enamel paste. While the cloisonné technique creates partitions above the surface of the metal object, the champlevé technique involves the creation of depressions below the surface.
A technique that reveals the base patterns of a jewellery design, the basse-taille – or “low cut” – technique applies clear enamel to the surface of the metal, revealing the pattern underneath when the light hits it.
3. Rainbow enamel
Vibrant enamel hues are used to create a beautiful rainbow effect. The colours are not those of a traditional rainbow. They have a more feminine, Pandora twist.
4. Shaded enamel
The shaded enamel process involves multiple layers of enamel applied to a piece of jewellery to create a naturalistic effect. Deep sterling silver channels are made in the jewellery piece to house the first layer of enamel, which is applied by hand. A second layer of enamel is used to create the shaded effect, adding more concentrated amounts of the colour to certain areas. A final transparent enamel coating is added on top to ensure a smooth surface and even shading. After each of the three layers of enamel is applied, the jewellery piece is then fired in an oven.
5. Tie-dye enamel
We create a tie-dye effect with shades of blue enamel on this Blue Butterfly Wing charm to recreate the visual effect of butterfly wings.
6. Transparent enamel
Painted over sterling silver ball charms with beaded details, transparent enamel creates a bubble-like effect that is simple yet striking.
7. Glitter enamel
Sprinkled with glitter for subtle sparkle, our glitter enamel creates a timeless and magical expression on jewellery designs, as well as a sense of depth.