Vintage Gilded Sterling Wedgwood Flower Pendant Necklace 16"
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.
This beautiful Vintage pendant necklace from 1973 is a lovely example of the fine Wedgwood craft! This lovely piece is crafted in gilded sterling silver and features a diamond-shaped pendant hanging at the center of a simple chain. The pendant, which is relatively large in size, adorns five vibrant porcelain flower plaques which are set in a crisscrossed formation on a decorative wirework setting. Each matching design displays a daisy flower, with long white petals and a yellow center that pops against the beautiful dark blue background. The center plaque displays a lighter blue background and is encircled by a lovely raised bead border. Resting in between the outer plaques are additional beaded accents and curved wirework designs that create delicate cutouts. Two round bails connect the pendant to a delicate snake chain, which fastens in the back with a spring ring clasp stamped with a "925" purity mark. Stamped on the back of the pendant are several English hallmarks, including a lion, an anchor (indicating it was assayed in Birmingham), and the date letter "s" dating it to 1973. This beautiful necklace would make a wonderful addition to any Wedgwood collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 16" long. The pendant measures a little more than 1" tall and wide, and is 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gilded sterling setting, or to the Wedgwood plaques. The bail and clasp are secure and in good working order.