Plique a Jour Marcasite Garnet Silver Bird Brooch Pendant

£150.00 Excluding of shipping charges
  • Product Code: RP_NWS
  • Condition: Second hand
  • Available Date: 15/06/2020
  • Dimensions: 50 x 56 x MMs

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Chain length option*

    Sold By: Bygone Jewellery

    Location: Lancashire, United Kingdom
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Plique a Jour Marcasite Garnet Silver Bird Brooch Pendant

Plique a Jour marcasite and garnet silver bird brooch pendant. A handmade vintage brooch created in the design of a swallow or swift in flight. The beak and eye are crafted in detailed silver work with marcasites set from the head down to the start of the tail. The front of the wings is also detailed with marcasite, with the main wings and tail being a network of silver with plique-a-jour feathers. The feathers start and green and then change through to yellow and finish at red. The tips of the tail and wings are adorned with four oval cut, rhodolite garnets in rub over settings.

Not only can this attractive item be used as a brooch but it can also be worn as a pendant by using the bail at the upper back.
The Dictionary of Enamelling by Erika Speel (ISBN 1-85928-272-5) defines Plique-a-Jour as "Translucent or Opalescent Enamels fused to span across a network of cells formed with gold, silver, silvered copper, or copper, without a backing under the glazed areas. The fused enamel is an integral part of the finished surface, with the glaze forming a shell veined with metal outlines. Plique-a-jour is seen to best effect when lit strongly from the back. Lacking such illumination the enamels tend to look dense or semi-opaque."
She also states "Plique-a-jour has been in fashion since the late 19th century for jewellery and small decorative articles. Although visually very alluring, plique-a-jour pieces are more fragile than other types of enamel work and require careful handling in use. Making these pieces is more time-consuming than other enamel work and there is a potentially higher failure rate." "Therefore the worth of these pieces resides in the inspirational designs and high quality of craftsmanship rather than in the intrinsic value of the metal base."

This piece has been priced on its own, however we have also recommended the chain in picture 3 if you don't already have a suitable one for a pendant of this size. This is a 20 Inch Curb Chain with 1.5mm Width. We are offering this at a special price of £14.00. These normally retail at £20.00.

Length of the brooch from beak to tail is 50mm
Width across the wings is 56mm
Pin Length is 42mm  

Shipped from our Eccleston shop by Special Delivery.  
All of our products are inspected before postage. Wrapped securely and send with tracked and insured post.  


925 Sterling Silver
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Last updated 24/06/2021

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