Essex Crystal at Auction: Free Valuations at McTear's, Glasgow


Posted in: Jewellery
Posted on: 15 April 2015
Essex Crystal at Auction: Free Valuations at McTear's, Glasgow Essex crystal jewellery features sections of rock crystal that are cut en cabochon then carved with a design from the reverse.  The contours created are then painted, a process that results in three dimensional decoration for decorative use. This technique of carving rock crystal and other materials is an ancient one creating items of jewellery with ‘intaglio’ sections. However, unlike Essex crystal, intaglio items are carved from the front creating concave sections of decoration that are often part of gentlemen’s seal rings- those used to impress marks on to wax letter seals.

Jewellery featuring flora and fauna was highly fashionable in the Victorian era and many examples of this use Essex crystal as their medium. The popularity of keeping pets and specifically dogs during this era soared and many examples of Essex crystal jewellery with canine subjects survive today. Similarly, hunting as a sporting past time is reflected in gentlemen’s adornments of the day.

If you have any items of jewellery set with Essex crystal or any item of jewellery then contact us sarah@mctears.co.uk or come to our salerooms anytime weekdays office hours.



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