Fine Arts

Irish jeweller to exhibit in the Louvre

Dubliner Jean Wilkinson is gaining a reputation in France for her elaborate, light-reflecting plique-à-jour pieces

Plique-à-jour and champlevé box and light holder with violets and pearls by Dublin jeweller Jean Wilkinson

This weekend, the Louvre in Paris extends a warm ‘bienvenue’ to Dublin jeweller, Jean Wilkinson, who is garnering widespread respect in France for the detailed plique-à-jour technique she uses in her work.

Plique-à-jour is a vitreous enamelling technique whereby the enamel is applied in cells, similar to cloisonné, but with no backing in the final product. The rare and time-consuming technique allows light to shine through the transparent or translucent enamel so that the finished ...