Just as design and the nature of its execution methods (cast, die stamped or hand manipulated), add character to a piece of jewelry, surface colors can also dramatically change the design aesthetic.
Enameled jewelry at first glance was not a substantial part of The Napier Co.’s figural or fashion jewelry collections, but the company’s designers did not shy away from its use. Napier made the majority of its enameled jewelry from the 1960s through the closure of the plant in 1999.
Opaque enamel colors ranged from traditional spectator colors* of white used with black, red or blue to rich shades of turquoise, coral or emerald and translucent enamels in hues of blue, red, and amber. Not to be left out were also bright shades of yellow and pink to broaden the “spectator” colors of the 1980s—the colors most notably used in the “Spectator Brights” collection.