Throw a rhinestone necklace against the wall and you'll probably loose a few stones, maybe even bend a piece of it; but the damage you've done can likely be repaired. Not so with ceramic and porcelain jewelry. That's the stuff that fractures and breaks off in shards and slivers. If the pieces are large enough, you can glue them back together, but you're going to have visible seams. Maybe fragility is the reason it's so hard to find ceramic and porcelain jewelry at flea markets and collectibles shows. They just don't exist in large quantities.
Ceramic and porcelain jewelry pieces are out there, you just have to look a little harder for them. And they can be worth hunting for.
Let's start with definitions:
CERAMIC articles made from clay hardened by heat
CHINA hard white material that is made of baked clay
PORCELAIN white vitrified translucent ceramic
POTTERY made of earthenware or baked clay
HUH? They sure sound similar to me. And looking up the definitions didn't make it any easier for me to tell one type of jewelry from another. So, for my purposes, I'm going to focus on breakable jewelry -- breakable in that it will shatter if I throw it against a wall.
I don't have a lot of examples but I have some interesting pieces from around the world.
My favorite piece, and the cover photo for this post, is a porcelain fan pin from Toshikane Arita of Japan. This figural pin has a lovely floral chrysanthemum design. It has a metal backing frame on which the clasp is mounted.
Elzac of Hollywood, commonly referred to as Elzac, produced whimsical and unique figural costume jewelry brooches during the 1940s. One of the company's founders was Eliot Handler who, along with his wife Ruth, created the Barbie doll.
Coro Flower Pin
Pendant Necklace from Anton Michelsen, Denmark
Ceramic on Copper
Unsigned Snake Pins
1980s CERAMIC EARRINGS
Collection of Unsigned Earrings
Hopefully I've inspired you to keep your eyes open for jewelry pieces made of ceramic and porcelain. Stored with care, they will be collectibles for the next generation.
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