This exotic and beautiful handmade oriental bangle looks fabulous—expensive, Fifties-style vintage, and perfect with this season’s plain dresses. It is craftsman made using the traditional Chinese art of cloisonné, which appeared in the Yuan Dynasty in the mid-14th century and reached its peak in the reign of the Ming emperor Jingtai (1450-’57). Because the objects were mostly blue (lan), cloisonné came to be called by its present name, jingtailan.
Still made in the traditional manner in Beijing, the floral design is formed by each craftsman in brass wire on a base of brass, then different colours of enamel are added. Each piece is fired four or five times in a kiln, before being polished into a colourful and lustrous individual work of art. The whole bangle takes more than seven processes to complete.
They are decorated with pink flowers and green leaves, and each one is different, depending on the craftsman who made it. Incredibly inexpensive and irresistible, this has to be another El Snippo!
The set of seven slim (4mm wide) Days of the Week bangles—wear a different bangle every day, or any combination up to all seven—are in shades of blue, red, green and white, and they look superb.
RRP £40. CCUK £19. Free delivery.