A Note of Distinction in Dress-wedgwood Blue-steel, Silver, or Pearl Setting-how to Utilise the Old Plaques

The modern woman who knows the importance of a distinctive note in dress cannot do better than acquire an ornament which, by its colour, setting, or period, is attractive and uncommon.

There is no better way to achieve this than to use the tiny blue, green, or pinky mauve plaques made by Josiah Wedgwood when his porcelain factory was at the height

Necklace of Wedgwood plaques in pale and dark blue jasper. The chains are of silver and the raised designs and figures are in white of its glory, and Flaxman was designing for him from Greek models.

Necklace of Wedgwood plaques in pale and dark blue jasper. The chains are of silver and the raised designs and figures are in white of its glory, and Flaxman was designing for him from Greek models.

Such tiny plaques were made for all sorts of ornamental purposes, as beads, earring pieces ready to be mounted in silver or cut steel, for buttons, belt clasps, or as tiny ornaments for mounting in the ornate furniture of the period.

Sometimes one can find a set of buttons in their original setting of mother-of-pearl, and the Wedgwood blue shows up from the soft background with illusive charm.

The old medallions in the deep blue jasper can be made into waistbelt ornaments, or a clasp for an evening cloak.

Our illustrations show two necklets. One is of blue pieces in pale and dark jasper.

They are set in silver bands, and the small pieces have a carved silver stud to secure them. As they were drilled with a centre hole, one" of these small pieces makes a clasp; another forms an attractive lower pendant. The centre ornament shows a very beautiful scene from Greek mythology; it is in dark blue jasper, with a green outer rim, the ornament being in raised white.

The two side medallions have charming figures of cupids. The chains are of silver, the nearest to the steel setting which would be strictly in accordance with precedent.

The other necklet is composed of original jasper pieces in green Wedgwood, in modern setting of silver, and the balls are of green jade, which happens to tone exactly with the Wedgwood green of the plaques.

The diamond-shaped brooch is in a soft duck-egg shade of green, the raised ornament in white.

It is not easy to obtain a set of really nice green jewel ornaments, so that the mounting of Wedgwood jewels for this purpose makes a very useful set.

Necklet and brooch of old Wedgwood plaques in green jasper, with balls of green jade and silver chains. The figures and borders on the pieces are in white relief

Necklet and brooch of old Wedgwood plaques in green jasper, with balls of green jade and silver chains. The figures and borders on the pieces are in white relief

In choosing Wedgwood jewellery, or designing it for oneself, only put steel, silver, pearl, or jade with the blues, greens, black, and pinky mauves of the original Wedgwood colours.