Early Victorian 15kt Gold Fine Wedgwood Stoneware Earrings
Wedgwood is a well-known and accomplished manufacturer of quality ceramics. Developed by Josiah Wedgwood, ‘The Father of English Potters’, the company has been around since 1759. In 1765, shortly after starting his company, Wedgwood developed a unique cream-colored earthenware that was so adored by England’s Queen Charlotte that she gave permission for it to be called “Queen’s Ware”. The most famous Wedgwood design, however, was his Jasperware, which was the outcome of thousands recorded experiments. The result was unglazed fine stoneware which could be stained with blue, lilac, green, yellow or black which provided a background for the intricate white portraits. This is the most recognizable Wedgwood design today. Josiah Wedgwood died in 1795 however his legacy continues to live on.
These absolutely exquisite earrings are a classic example of the fine Wedgwood craftsmanship. The earrings, which are probably from the early Victorian era (ca1850) portray one of his signature looks. Each hanging earring begins with a cornflower blue and white flower topper that is bezel set in 15kt yellow gold. The flowers are surrounded by scalloped wirework and beadwork and attach to a gold earring wire. Dangling from each surmount is an chubby teardrop shaped Wedgwood stone that has wonderful cornflower blue and white color. On the front and the back of each drop is a slightly different portrait which depicts a virtuous woman wearing a flowing white dress. On the bottom of each drop is a multi-petal flower that can be seen from all sides of the earring. The bottom of the earrings, where the flowers are, are stamped "WEDGWOOD ENGLAND" and the back of each topper is marked "15ct". The earrings are absolutely stunning and very unusual! They would make a perfect collection to any Wedgwood collection!
Measurements: The earrings hang approximately 2 1/8" long, are 3/4" at the widest point and have a depth of 3/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is in excellent. There is no apparent damage to the gold setting or wires or to the Wedgwood stoneware.