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Enamelling means to coat a metal object with a noble and precious skin, similar to crystal or gemstones. This can happen only at the right temperature, from 500 to 900°C, as soon as the enamel melts, it wets the metal, forming a permanent bond with it. The final effect is so bright, resistant, protective and decorative, that in the past may have been confused with a magical effect: it was difficult to explain how a crystal with bright colours could bind permanently to the metal. The first enamel objects, dated c. 3500 years ago, were made of gold and only rich people such as kings or high-rank clerics could own them.
Since the form of an object is its essence, the enameled form of an object becomes its noble, precious and somewhat magic essence. Enamel: a skin as hard as stone on a soul of metal.