About Antique Wedgwood Jasper Jewellery
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 jewellery
Take a look on 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.
Where to buy Wedgwood jasper .
AntiquesAvenue Antique and Vintage jewellery shop likes to carry a range of antique Wedgwood jasper jewellery including brooches. Other than this it is fun to hunt could your local antique fair or antique centre and you might get lucky. You can expect to pay between about £10 and several hundred pounds for your Wedgwood jasper brooch depending upon its age, the desirability of the cameo and the material into which it is set