Josiah Wedgwood was an early Victorian jeweller widely known for his sophisticated, beautifully coloured cameos. Wedgwood is famous for creating "Wedgwood Blue," a cornflower colour found on many of his pieces. Wedgwood jewellery comes in shades other than Wedgwood Blue; many cameos have background colours of lilac, pink, green, teal, yellow, black and terra cotta. Wedgwood made jewellery for both women and men, and he typically employed classical motifs.
Women's Brooches, Earrings and Pendants
Wedgwood's brooches are extremely popular and collectable. His brooches, pendants and earrings often came in Wedgwood Blue, but were also commonly found in terra cotta and lilac. Wedgwood used scenes from mythology on nearly all of his pieces. His jewellery for women often featured female mythological figures, such as Venus and the Muses.
Wedgwood's jewellery almost always came in sets; brooches, earrings and pendants were made to match. If a brooch featured Cupid or cherubs, so would the pair of earrings and the pendant. Wedgwood is generally known for his brooches and pendants; however, he did produce lovely bracelets, although they're harder to find. Wedgwood bracelets are typically a series of cameos, depicting various female mythological characters, joined by sterling silver chains.
Men's Cufflinks and Tie Tacks
Wedgwood was famous for making men's cufflinks and tick tacks, in addition to his jewellery for women. He employed the same techniques as those used in his collection for women; however, the classical motifs and figures had a decidedly male feel. For his men's jewellery collection, Wedgwood used ships, horses, signs of the zodiac and Roman figures.
Tips for Spotting Real Wedgwood Jewelry
Josiah stamped the back of his jewellery with "Wedgwood." If you see "& CO," after Wedgwood, it is not a real Wedgwood. Also, remember that Wedgwood is not spelt with an "E." If you see "Wedgewood" stamped on a piece of similar looking jewellery, you'll know that it is not an authentic Wedgwood. Lastly, Josiah Wedgwood usually stamped "Made in England" on the back of his pieces.