Smithsonian Institution Exclusive
Mix and match or stack to the max with these jewel-hued cloisonné bangles. Made entirely by hand—from the shaping of the wire cells to the filling of enameled color to the polishing—each narrow bangle is a treasured example of an ancient art. Set of 7, one each color as shown. Made in China.
An art form originating in the Middle East and elevated in China (after its arrival there in the 13th and 14th centuries), the cloisonné technique adorns copper, bronze, or brass objects with copper wire designs. The resulting cells are then filled with enamel, fired in a kiln and polished, creating a harmonious contrast between the gleaming metal and the jewel-hued enamel. Cloisonné jewelry can be found in our Freer Gallery of Art. A gift to the nation from Charles Lang Freer, the Freer Gallery contains the world's most important collections of Asian art.