Posted 3 years ago
I visited my family in the UK last September/October. During my time there I went to a lovely antique fair on the meadow in Stamford. It was the most beautiful day, sun shining and ducks on the water around the meadow. I found a stall with hundreds of pairs of earrings for sale, literally this lady had two whole trestles of earrings. Browsing through I came across a single earring sitting on it’s own. “ do you have the other earring to this I asked “? “ if it’s not with it there no” she replied. For some reason this earring felt special to me the stones looked real , it really appealed to me and when I asked how much is it the trader said “ oh one pound for that “ I couldn’t get my pound out quick enough !!! at home inspecting this treasure because I had already decided it was a treasure I started to wonder who had made the earring and who would use such beautiful stones in a silver earring ? ....... so my interest in arts and crafts jewellery began . I know that it is only a single earring but to me it is so valuable as it lit a flame of interest leading me to research and study some of the arts and crafts artists of the Birmingham school. I am having so much pleasure and fun learning about this movement and group, I will move on to others but for now I am besotted with the likes of Nossiter, Sandheim, Instone, Dunlop, linnell ect. I am thinking of having this earring turned into a ring so that I can wear it but am unsure if that is the right thing to do. Another arts and crafts trader kindly told me that she thought the earring might be the work of Edith Linnell ? The white looking stone is actually a very pale aqua blue colour. I have clipped the earring over my wedding ring to get an idea of what it might look like as a ring. What do you think ?