History has recorded ancient Egyptians using the process of enamelling. Colourful enamels were applied to pottery and stone objects as well as to jewellery. Ancient Greeks, Celts and Chinese also used enamel decoratively on metal objects.
Enamel powder was produced in two ways; either through the powdering of colored glass, or the mixing of colourless glass powder with pigments such as a metallic oxide.
Enamel paints are frequently used today in baby jewellery in particular, but also children's jewellery. The enamel is handpainted onto the object, then it is fired to a temperature that hardens the enamel without melting the metal beneath.
Both sterling silver and gold items are commonly enamelled in modern baby bracelets, children's charms, children's necklaces. It's well known that children love colour and sparkle in their jewellery and enamelling is one way to enhance beautiful designs and add appeal to children. The enamelled portion is extremely hard which means it's less likely to become scratched than if an epoxy paint for example, is used.
Enamelling is becoming increasingly popular in children's jewellery.