Art Nouveau 10kt Wedgwood Jasperware, Enamel + Pearl Pendant Necklace
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 of 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.
A gorgeous Wedgwood pendant necklace from the Art Nouveau (ca1900s) era! Crafted in 10kt yellow gold, this lovely necklace features a feminine Wedgwood pendant which hangs from a modern 14kt gold chain. The lovely Jasperware piece is octagonal in shape and prong set, displaying the traditional soft blue and white color scheme. The stoneware image depicts a beautiful woman holding an urn-style pitcher, standing beside a large bird. An open channel encircles the portrait, framed by a complementary powder blue enameled frame. A single lustrous freshwater pearl dangles from the bottom of the pendant, perfectly completing the design, and a gold bail at the top allows the pendant to hang from a modern gold chain. Found on the back of the pendant is the "WEDGWOOD" inscription and the inside of the bail is stamped "10KT". Additionally, the chain has a "14K" purity mark at the clasp. This delicate and feminine necklace would make a perfect collection to any Wedgwood collection!
Measurements: The Wedgwood pendant hangs approximately 1 1/2" long including the bail, and is about 5/8" wide. The chain measures 18" long.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the Wedgwood stoneware or to the gold setting and the enamel and pearl are intact. The chain and clasp are secure and in good working order.