Where did the expression "Everything in openwork" come from?

The expression "Everything in openwork" denotes a good state of affairs and is synonymous with the phrases "everything is good", "everything is fine", "everything is according to plan."

The adjective Azhur has appeared in Russian since the 1830s. This word is borrowed from French and jour - "into the light", "passing the light". ... The very sphere of its use was traditionally "French" - jewelry making, where this was the name of a special type of frame. The noun "openwork" appears later: openwork is a pattern made by interweaving a spider web of thin threads into the mesh cells.

In Russian, openwork and openwork acquired a figurative meaning over time. Openwork began to be used in the meaning of "skillful", "finely made". Openwork in the meaning of "type of pattern" has a homonym in Russian - the accounting term openwork, meaning such a keeping of accounts, in which records are brought to the last, current day. This term has come into common use as part of such stable combinations as: "everything is in openwork", "full openwork".

The term "openwork" appeared in business speech in the 80s-90s. XIX century. Its source is the French stable combination and jour - "for the given day", "for the current day"; common in expressions like livres de commerce and jour - "ledgers brought up to the current day", which meant keeping books, accounts, etc. in order.

In the "Encyclopedic Dictionary" (Publishing House of Brockhaus and Efron) openwork - an accounting term - is interpreted through its homonym openwork 'pattern': Openwork, openwork - transparent, it speaks of objects that are completely clear and understandable, about accounting books. Thus, one homonym is mistakenly derived from another, although at the level of the Russian language they are etymologically unrelated.