Truth be told, the changes in economics and labor laws in the cloisonné manufacturing vicinities of China and Japan have created challenges in buying and maintaining good-quality cloisonné products. The manufacturing of cloisonné is very labor intensive, requiring steady highly trained hands, enamel-coloring expertise and consistent firing capabilities to produce top-notch colors and quality. Each cloisonné item spends over a year on screening devices. Many manufacturers have migrated to making vessels and products larger than beads because of the higher dollar value associated with those sales.
With that said, we are surprised to receive an offer of varying aged stock in beautiful-quality cloisonné beads and focal components from a retiring seller. These varied colors, sizes and shapes are glorious, and for the most part no longer available from manufacturers. This Cloisonné Collection has many different selections, mostly in small qualities.
What does that mean to you? Get them while they are here. The cloisonné products will be gone fast, but for designers, not fast forgotten!
Since cloisonné contains lead, restrictions on sales apply to California, Illinois and Minnesota residents.