Lucinda has been visiting the Vineyard since she was a child and has been a year round resident since 1995. After many years with the Edgartown Jewelers Studio, Lucinda finally established her exclusive studio in OAK BLUFFS ART DISTRICT where she showcases all her work.
Lucinda has established herself as one of the Vineyard’s most highly sought-after artisans creating beautiful cloisonné and “jeweled enamel” pieces. Lucinda has taken the ancient art form of enameling one step further, combining fire polished crystal beads and vintage glass cabochon stones, to make these unique, one of a kind pieces. Her mother, Beryl Sheldon, developed this art form in the 1950’s and Lucinda is still working with many of the same materials. These are truly pieces to treasure.
Enameling is an ancient art form dating as far back as the 13th century B.C. Enamel is made from ground glass colored with metal oxides. Jeweled Enamels combine vintage glass beads and enamel. Each piece is one of a kind. Available in: Sapphire Blue, Aqua Blue, Emerald Green, Amethyst Purple, Ruby Red, Sunset Pink, Citrine Yellow, Pale Green, Grass Green, Moss Green, Light Violet and Deep Violet.
Cloisonné is a muliticolor enameling process on which each enamel color is separated by thin metal wires, in this case fine .995 silver on pure 24K gold, that form tiny cells or “cloisons” (French word for cell). The design is laid down in wire on a base of fine silver or copper, painted with enamel and fired at 1500 degrees F (800 celsius) after each layer of enamel has been laid. One piece can be fired as many as a dozen or more times to produce the desired effect. The results are well worth the labor intensive process.
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.
Lucinda’s Shell Enamels were inspired by her long walks on the beautiful Vineyard beaches. Originally made as bridesmaid gifts to be worn on the special day. Dress them up or down these delicate, silver and enamel handmade pieces are available in: Sapphire Blue, Aqua Blue, Emerald Green, Amethyst Purple, Ruby Red, Sunset Pink, Citrine Yellow, Pale Green, Grass Green, Moss Green, Light Violet and Deep Violet.
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