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Sablé d'or (French). A type of textured gold produced by lightly hammering a gold surface with a fine matting tool so as to impart a coarse sandy finish. It is used usually to emphasize the ground for a relief design, e.g. a border so made around a guilloché panel. It is sometimes called 'granulation' but has no relationship to the granulated gold of antiquity.From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson