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BACCARAT LOUXOR SILK TWILL SCARF :
BACCARAT LOUXOR SILK TWILL SCARF, The Louxor silk twill square is adorned with colorful and graphic motifs, recalling the cut of Baccarat crystal. Inspired by the House’s archives, it is an exceptional accessory.
An homage to the House’s archive designs, this Louxor scarf is enlivened by graphic inspiration. Its colors and patterns recall the first jewelry collection designed by Georges Chevalier, Baccarat’s iconic Artistic Director. Available in red, black and white and blue, it comes in two sizes: it can be worn as a headband or around the neck, bringing elegance and dynamism to any outfit.
The art of crystal in 7 words :
- Colour : From the 19th century onwards, the Baccarat range was expressed in multitude of colours, produced by adding metal oxides to clear crystal : blue with cobalt oxide, violet with manganese oxide, green blue with copper oxide, yellow with uranium oxide, black with manganese and oxides of copper and chromium.
- Gilding : Used since 1833 by Baccarat, gilding, a paste made of 24-carat gold, is applied with a brush. The piece is then annealed at a temperature of 460°C to set, and the gilding is itself polished with an agate stone to give a shiny gold aspect-this is the « burnishing ».
- Enamelling : Discovered in antiquity, enamelling is a technique that has been used by Baccarat since 1840, notably in the decoration of armorial glasses. A tinted metal oxide paste is applied with a brush before being fired at a temperature of at least 600°C.
- Engraving : A decorative technique applied to cold glass consisting in removing material in different ways : using an acid bath where the decoration drawn in negative is eroded by the action of the chemicals ; at the wheel, as was already practised in ancient times, by removing the material with the aid of small « burrs » ; sandblasting, that is to say the pressurised projection of sand on the object in order to buff off the desired areas.
- Melting : At a temperature of about 1400°C, silica (very fine and very puresand), sodium and lead oxide bake in a Baccarat oven for at least one day.
- Blowing : Dipping a blowpipe, a hollow metal bar, into in the furnace, the glass master gathers a bubble of molten crystal called a « parison ». Then, blowing into the pipe, he gives the object its hollow form.
- Cutting : Using a grinding wheel on cold glass, the craftsman applies a decorative pattern : bevelled, flat cut, diamond-shaped, pontil, rich cut and so on.