Melissa, I wrote to Harold Nelson, who is the co-founder of The
Enamel Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to
"promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of modern
enameling as a vibrant art form".
The Enamel Arts Foundation is a resource that jewelers and others
may find interesting and useful. This Foundation is focused on
collecting, preserving, researching, documenting, and interpreting
its collection of modern and contemporary enamels. They develop
touring exhibitions throughout the country, serve as a lending
library, and sponsor educational programs. In addition, the
Foundation tells the story of enameling in this country through
publishing books and catalogues tracing the field’s history and by
maintaining an archive of artists, papers, letters, and more, and
making that available to the public.
Harold Nelson found similar to yours, and invites those
on Orchid to visit the Enamel Arts Foundation website. He responded
to Phil’s question saying
"in looking at the Dior website, I noticed that most of the
color used in the jewelry -- apart from the beautiful stones --
is described in their labels as "lacquer," not enamel. I hope
that helps answer your question.
We'd be happy for people to be aware of our non-profit
foundation and its website enamelarts.org .* As curators and art
historians, we're attempting to trace the history of this
under-recognized field and we're particularly interested in
enameling in the 20th century."
Harold B. Nelson
The Enamel Arts Foundation
Hope this helps,
Marcia Rae Design