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Here is a variety of genuine vintage Wedgwood jasper cameo brooches for you to choose from . These are all made by Wedgwood and have the makers back stamp and they all have solid silver frames. The designs have all been individually applied to the background by hand as has been done since the 1700s. These brooches are now most collectable and all are in excellent condition.
They all date from the 1960s or 1970s. The choice is:
A. Black jasper dancing fairy or lady with wings brooch 3 cms or just under 1 1/4 inches high. The frame has a gilt was to give the silver a golden colour.
B. Cupid Kneeling 1 1/4 inches wide Black jasper with white detail
C Blue Cupid Made in Dark Blue jasper and featuring cupid who is facing left 1 1/4 inches across.
D. Green Cupid In sage green and 1 1/4 inches across.
E. Oval Blue Goddess Brooch which is just over 4 cms high. This is from the 1970s.
Antique Wedgwood Jasper Jewellery was made throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Originally the patterns were based on classical designs. From the 1970s and into the 2000's some more modern designs have been created. During the last 10 years, Wedgwood has employed some big name jewellery designers to create up-to-date designs.
The way the design is applied to the background is called Sprigging. This is the same technique in the jewellery which is used for all the Jasperware pots. Sprigging starts with an artist carving the pattern and a mould being created in plaster from that master. A piece of the damp clay is pressed into the mould. Once the image created is removed and applied to the background. The Jasper type clay was invented by J. Wedgwood. The clay and using it in this manner for jewellery was copied by other makers. This means that you cannot be sure it is Wedgwood unless the maker's markings are impressed.
Dating antique Wedgwood jasper jewelleryTake a look at the back. If the brooch has an open back you may well see the word Wedgwood impressed. Please note that on very small pieces there well may be no makers name. Also, take a look at the metal. This could have hallmarks which can be used to date your Wedgwood brooch or it may carry the JW makers hallmark.
- Wedgwood on its own without any other words could well be early to mid-Victorian.
- "Wedgwood England" between the 1880s and 1920s.
- Post-1920s its "Wedgwood made in England".
- Before 1860: Mark is "Wedgwood". Usually accompanied by other potters markings and a single letter.
- After 1860: A three-letter mark represents in order, the month, the potter, and the year. The year code starts mid-alphabet with the letter "O" for 1860, the letter "P" for 1861, etc., returning to "A" after "Z". For certain letters, there are two possible year dates.
- 1891-1908: Marks are "Wedgwood", "England", separated.
- 1908-1969: Marks are "Wedgwood", "Made in England", separated, or "Wedgwood England" on small objects like thimbles.
- 1970-present: Mark is "Wedgwood Made in England" as a single stamp In addition to these marks.
- I find that pieces which date from the 20th century often have a 2 digit number which I believe is the year which should be prefixed by 19 eg "56" is 1956. Sometimes you are lucky enough to find pieces which commemorate specific dates and events which helps us date similar items from that time.
Care of Wedgwood Jasper.
The material is high fired ceramic and can be chipped or cracked so take care not to drop your brooch. Now take a look at the material the Jasper is set into. If this is marked as silver or gold you can use a little water and a soft toothbrush to clean your brooch. Pat the brooch dry and store where it cannot be damaged by other jewellery. You could wrap your brooch in a piece of acid-free tissue paper. If the metal is not hallmarked as gold or silver it could be made of a costume jewellery material. Do not get this wet as it could become damaged. Just use a soft brush to clean.
Item no: 359-02b