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Genuine enamel jewelry is increasingly rare. Real enamel is formulated from natural sands and minerals, sustainably mined, and virtually unchanged from their natural forms. Enamel is often imitated in plastic and epoxies, but rarely has the richness of this specialized technique. Lia Bowen began working in metal and gemstones in 2005, and for the past 11 years has specialized in enamel work. She's particularly enamored with the colors that appear as each piece cools; they're cherry red right out of the 1400 degree kiln but cool to grey, then finally realize their intended color.

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