Appliqué in jewelry is when decorative pieces of one material are attached onto the main piece. This can also simply be referred to as ‘applied decoration’. Normally, this technique is used with metal, but other materials such as hardstone may also be appliquéd. This was a particularly popular technique throughout the Victorian era and also in Arts & Crafts Movement jewelry. Here are some examples below.
In the late 1800s (after 1870 but before 1895) small amounts of platinum were often used as appliqué on gold.