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What is Enamel Jewelry?

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January 19, 2022

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There’s one jewelry trend that has all of the potential for a modern day heirloom (and we're obsessed): Enamel jewelry.

Maybe it’s the way enamel can capture the romantic feels from the Art Nouveau era or even bring about remembrance like a piece of Victorian mourning jewelry, there's just something vintage-esque about enamel that has us all sorts of inspired. 

Let’s start with the basics – enamel refers to a type of material made from powdered glass that is applied to metal surfaces and then fused using a high-temperature firing process. The end result is a smooth, glossy coating on the metal, oftentimes in vibrant colors and/or intricate designs.

The History of Enamel

Dating all the way back to the ancient civilizations of 13th century BCE, enamel jewelry has been coming in and out of style for thousands of years. Literally, dozens of cultures have dabbled with this delicate hand-painting technique and the process has been ever-evolving because of it.

From an ornamental scepter that was unearthed in ancient Cyprus to Celtic battle armor that waged war in Gaul and religious relics of the Renaissance, enamel has always been an efficient way to add illustrations and color without the use of gemstones. 

Til Death Black Enamel Band - 4mm - Marrow Fine

How Enamel Jewelry Is Made

Because enamel has exchanged the hands of many different artisans for centuries, there are several variations of enameling, but overall the basic principle is the same.

The process starts with a glass compound and a coloring agent. Enamel’s formula can be opaque, transparent and even something in between. The compound is mixed and blended into something called a fondant—actually, not too dissimilar from the icing.

Then the fondant is applied to a clean metal surface and heated to a precise temperature until the enamel melts, flows, and fills the cracks and crevices of the piece, eventually becoming vitreous and glass-like… aka shiny. 

How To Care For Your Enamel Jewelry

Enamel is super delicate and should be treated just like your heirloom strand of pearls. She’s the last piece you put on when you head out the door and the first piece you take off when you come home… and definitely before you start your 10-step skin care routine.

No cooking, cleaning or DIY-ing in these babies; slip the enamel piece into a silk pouch in your bag before taking a dip in the pool or hitting the gym. To keep your enamel color vibrant, remember to remove your rings when dying your hair and applying self tanner!

Enamel may fade or chip over time with storage in direct sunlight and aggressive wear. We recommend cleaning your enamel jewelry with only warm water, mild soap, and a soft cloth. Please avoid any at-home ultrasonics and harsh chemicals. 

How To Repair Enamel Jewelry

Repairing enamel jewelry should be left to professional jewelers experienced in working with enamel - remember, it’s a fragile material and attempting to repair it without the necessary expertise can result in further damage to the piece.

See our favorite enamel designs:

Best Seller
Marrow Fine Jewelry 4mm Til Death Black Enamel Band [Yellow Gold] Marrow Fine Jewelry 4mm Til Death Black Enamel Band [Yellow Gold]

Til Death Black Enamel Band - 4mm

$800

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Til Death Enamel Pendant

$1,000

Marrow Fine Jewelry Elton Enamel Men's Band [Yellow Gold] Marrow Fine Jewelry Elton Enamel Men's Band [Yellow Gold]

Elton Enamel Men's Band

$2,200

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Initial Enamel Signet Ring

$1,200

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Enamel Rose Signet - Marrow Fine Enamel Rose Signet - Marrow Fine

Enamel Rose Signet

$1,500 $2,500
Marrow x Sammi Enamel Sempre Ring - Marrow Fine Marrow x Sammi Enamel Sempre Ring - Marrow Fine

Marrow x Sammi Enamel Sempre Ring

$1,950

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Marrow Fine Blue Always Enamel Always Memory Ring [Yellow Gold]] Marrow Fine Blue Always Enamel Always Memory Ring [Yellow Gold]]

"Always" Gold Memory Ring - Robin's Egg Blue Enamel

$800

Marrow Fine Jewelry Black Enamel 6mm Always Band [Yellow Gold] Marrow Fine Jewelry Black Enamel 6mm Always Band [Yellow Gold]

Black Enamel Always Band - 6mm

$1,450

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