The 2012 Collection continues within the spirit of artistic mastery and the tradition of Old World craftsmanship by combining the centuries-old technique of Guilloché with the art and expertise of Hard Enamel. The usage of a mortar and pestle, a composition of glass, water and metal oxides is ground for hours by hand. When settled, the water is got rid of, leaving the fine paste that may be the foundation for hard enamel. A quill is then used to use every coat of the combination to the skin of the metal, making sure that all of the guilloché area is totally covered in enamel. The components are then fired in a furnace at temperatures exceeding 1,000° F, fusing the enamel to the metal and forming a layer of glass.
After cooling, the pieces are manually ground with a diamond file, restoring their correct shape and surface. This tedious process is repeated at length until the extent of enamel reaches the depth required to hide the peaks and fill the valleys of every intricate guilloché pattern. When the overall stages of firing are completed, the pieces are polished and buffed, revealing the velvet finish of translucent hard enamel.
Production of translucent hard enamel demands the perfect levels of patience, revel in and skill. A five-year apprenticeship is required to make certain that the perfect levels of quality will probably be met in every individual Collection piece.