Posted 1 year ago
Here is a selection of Arts & Crafts jewels by Australian company Prouds for Kyra & Judy (+ a few by Rhoda/Dorothy Wager).
The first two pendants are by Prouds, one has the gum leaves, the same as Judy's new ring. One has the softer grape vine style leaves of Kyra's new ring - on the sides & bottom.
The second is a collection of rings all by Prouds & all with the gum leaf design of Judy's ring.
The third is the comparison of a Wager ring & a Prouds ring - the flowers on the side are almost identical & you can see how challenging attribution can be sometimes. I'd say the Prouds ring in this picture is the same design (grape vine leave on top, flowers on sides) as the one Kyra has just purchased.
Finally is a brooch by Dorothy Wager. The photo is a little washed out but you can see the leaf & wirework well.
In the olden days I used to see sets in both these designs in their original boxes. Unfortunately I wasn't as interested because they usually have pastes in them (all the Prouds rings pictured have pastes in them) and I never bought any of them.
Gum leaves were very popular in Australian Arts & Crafts jewellery but Rhoda Wager didn't like using them. She'd only make them if specifically commissioned.