Victorian Sterling Gilt & Wedgewood Flower Stud 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 charming stud earrings from the Victorian (ca1880) era are a lovely example of fine Wedgewood craft! Made of gilded sterling silver, each earring is comprised of a porcelain flower plaque held within a decorative bezel. The cheerful flowers look like daisies, with long white petals and a yellow center. Each flower stands out perfectly against the soft green background and is framed beautifully by the bezel set sterling border. On the back of each earring is a post, and several stamped hallmarks, including "J.W." along with a few other English hallmarks. Both simple and feminine, the earrings are ideal for everyday wear and would make a perfect addition to any Wedgewood collection!
Measurements: The earrings have a diameter of slightly less than 1/2" and are 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling gilt setting or to the porcelain. The posts and earring backs are secure and in good condition.