Erica had already made herself a cloisonne bracelet. So at a beading party earlier this year, she decided to make the earrings to match. Her choice of beads include mixing the red cloisonne beads with round rose quartz beads. The latter are on the pale side and provided a wonderful contrast in her lovely design.
Cloisonne enameled beads like these are made in China where it has been a craft since the 13th century. However, the original starting point for this technique is the Near East.
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- Check this pictorial site for how they make enameled ornaments in Beijing.
- The incredible gold ornaments of the Staffordshire Hoard ( past post on 7th century English archaeological find)
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