Champlevé Enamels

Champlevé was originally done by chiseling recessed areas and cavities into thick metal and filling these cavities with enamel. The thick metal edges or “raised planes” (French word is champlevé) were left without an enamel coating. More recently, champlevé was achieved by acid etching into the metal. Today Champlevé can be achieved by carving out recessed areas in jewelers wax, and then recreating the wax carving into metal via the “lost wax” casting process. The final piece is then enameled and finished, resulting in a lovely piece of enamel work to be enjoyed for years.