Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling

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Guilloche is the ancient art of inscribing an artistic wavy pattern on to precious metals, such as gold, silver, and platinum.

The process was first used by ancient jewelry makers in the early 1600 hundreds to embellish the surface of their jewelry to give it extra shine or brilliance. The process evolved over time and was used by jewelry makers until about 1925. Notably "Van Cleef & Arpels" and LaLique used the process in many of their jewelry creations; Peter Carl Faberge is the most famous of early jewelers to capitalize on the technique. Faberge always covered his intricate guilloche pieces  with colorful fired translucent enamels to achieve a look of depth and beauty that is unrivaled in modern jewelry. His Imperial Eggs are a notable example of this technique.

Alexander, of the firm Vivian Alexander, studied the Faberge guilloche technique when he was associated with the Forbes's and their world famous collection of Faberge Imperial Eggs. The results of that seven years of study is now available for the world to see in Alexander's extensive collection of silver /guilloche minaudieres and unique fine silver ornaments that are sold over the world.

Alexander found a Rose Engine Turning (guilloche) Machine, circ. 1855, in Birmingham, England of the same type that Faberge used to create his famous Imperial treasures. Alex used this machine to create guilloche patterns on his silver minaudieres and his world famous enamel / silver ornaments. The accompanied picture is of that machine with Alex inscribing a pattern on a small ornament.

Additionally, Alexander perfected the technique to apply translucent baked enamel over his engine turned patterns to emulate the same look as admired on the precious metals of the Imperial Faberge Eggs.

Throughout the Vivian Alexander web site are examples of this unique and unrivaled guilloche technique. You will not find it anywhere else in the world.

Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling
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  • Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling
  • Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling
  • Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling
  • Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling
  • Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling
  • Guilloche Engine Turning / Enameling