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Vellum

Definition:

Vellum is mammal skin prepared for writing or printing on, to produce single pages, scrolls, codices or books. It is generally smooth and durable, although there are great variations depending on preparation, the quality of the skin and the type of animal used. The manufacture involves the cleaning, bleaching, stretching on a frame, and scraping of the skin with a hemispherical knife. To create tension, scraping is alternated by wetting and drying. A final finish may be achieved by abrading the surface with pumice, and treating with a preparation of lime or chalk to make it accept writing or printing ink.

Gilded Age Greetings uses only the finest hand crafted Vellum. Produced by Pergamena 15th generation master tanners using authentic centuries old techniques. The vellums we use for many of our Gilded Age Greetings Couture and Grand Couture line bring heirloom quailty to your greeting and correspondence needs.

Pigments:

Kremer Pigmente
Gilded Age Greetings uses only the finest pigments from Kremer Pigmente, for all of our Couture and Grand Couture cards.

History of Kremer Pigmente

Kremer Pigmente We have been discovering and redeveloping historical pigments since 1977. Our assortment consists of over 1000 different mineral pigments made from precious and semiprecious stones. We offer some of these pigments in various grindings and qualities. Special requests in regards to purity and particle size can be complied with.


blue pigment We also offer 4 different qualities of blue pigment made from Lapis Lazuli. The best quality is made according to the original recipe, already mentioned by Cennino Cennini, and is called Fra Angelico Blue.




genuine Sepia Additionally, we offer genuine Sepia made from Adriatic cuttlefish, the famous blue glass Smalt, and, Lead Tin Yellow, the pure yellow of the Gothic and Renaissance painters. Our new products include South American Maya Blue and Egyptian Blue.

Due to our experience with pigments made of precious stones and minerals, we have picked the best industrially manufactured pigments for artistic painting. Several hundred modern pigments complete the historical palette. Historical and modern binders, natural dyes, modern synthetic pigments, chemicals as well as additives, round off the assortment.

Cabachons and Jewels:

Kathryn Kinev: Gilded Age Greetings Consulting Jeweler: Ms. Kinev is one of the very rare jewelers who uses granulation, an ancient and time-consuming technique of applying tiny spheres of gold to a surface. This technique is period appropriate with the Illumination techniques used on our Couture and Grand Couture lines.

Ms. Kinev is a current member of:

  • Accredited Gemologist Association
  • American Society of Jewelry Historians
  • Georgia Jewelers Association (GJA)
  • Jewelers of America (JA)
  • National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

Giclee

About Giclee Printing

The Definition:

Giclee (zhee-klay) - The French word "giclée" is a feminine noun that means a spray or a spurt of liquid. The word may have been derived from the French verb "gicler" meaning "to squirt".

The Term:

The term "giclee print" connotes an elevation in printmaking technology. Images are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto various substrates including canvas, fine art, and photo-base paper. The giclee printing process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction.

The Chateau

The Chateau features on our home page is Chateau Challain located in the Loire Valley in France.

In the 19th century, the Count and the Countess of La Rochefoucauld-Bayers built their fairytale grand castle in the neogothic style. She features 120 rooms on 5 levels and is surrounded by gardens and statuary.