Here's a group of very special enameled metal buttons known as "plique-a-jour". Random House Dictionary defines "plique-a-jour" as "Braid that lets in the daylight". And, here's another description found in a dictionary; "a style of enameling in which usually transparent enamels are fused into the openings of a metal filigree to produce an effect suggestive of stained glass". The enamel can be transparent, translucent or even opaque. There are modern and antique pliques. Thank you to the members of the ButtonBytes on-line button club for allowing their beautiful buttons to be shown here.

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