The Cloisonne Medallion is cast from a mold in base copper. The artist then fills the sections with the enamel powder or paste and fires the piece at a high heat to melt the enamel. Polishing and metal plating are used to complete the work. Because it is crafted from a mixture of materials, it's important to use care when cleaning your cloisonne Medallion pieces:
- Cloisonne are not meant to be worn next to the skin for long periods of time. The PH balance in your skin can affect the finish of the medallion.
- Use a very soft, lint-free cloth and plain water with mild soap to clean and polish your cloisonne enameled pieces.
- Do not use any type of chemical or abrasive cleaner on cloisonne jewelry. The chemicals and abrasives can etch the enamel and damage the finish.
- Do not soak or wear the cloisonne medallion in water (no swimming or bathing) since chemicals will eventually damage it.
- Store cloisonne items in separate compartments or jewelry bags to keep the delicate surface of the enamel from getting scratched by your other jewelry.