These gorgeous earrings were made by award winning enamelist Jean Wilkinson.
At the top of each earring is a round aquamarine set in an 18ct yellow gold rubover setting.
Suspended below the aquamarine and is this order are:-
a small round aquamarine set in an 18ct yellow gold rubover setting; and
a shield shaped 18ct yellow gold drop with blue & turquoise plique a jour enamel set with a small round blue tourmaline.
The earrings are for pierced ears and are hallmarked by the London Assay Office for 18ct gold, 2020 & bear the sponsor's mark "JW" for Jean Wilkinson.
Weight: 0.3ozs - 9gms
Length: 1.85ins - 4.7cms
Width: 0.87ins - 2.2cms
Silversmith, Jeweller, Enameler
Born in the Republic of Ireland, Jean knew from an early age that she wanted to be a silversmith but she was not able to begin to realise those dreams until her thirties after a successful career in I.T. designing and programming computer systems. Fittingly it was this career that enabled her to finance her silversmith training.
She trained under Brain Clarke, Michael Good, Lori Talcott, Eva Hofelmaier and Phil Barnes.
Jean is inspired by nature, its colours shapes textures & spaces, by the work of the Art Nouveau enameller Eugene Feuillatre and most lately by the mentoring and teaching of Master Enameller Phil Barnes who Jean credits with bringing her to where she is today: an award winning silversmith jeweller & enameller and the only person in this country working with plique a jour done in this method on large pieces.
Jean has won awards at the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards in the Enamellers Senior section in 2011, 2014 & 2016.
In 2020 Jean won the Gold Award at the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Awards in the Enamellers' & Enamel Painters' Senior Section for her plique a jour & silver bowl depicting fish swimming among lilies.
She has participated in a number of exhibitions and in 2013 gave the Master Class on plique a jour enamelling at the Guild of Enamellers 2013 annual conference held at Queen Ethelburga’s College York.
Jean is a member of the British Society of Enamellers and the Guild of Enamellers.
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