Tuesday, August 5, 2008
A new teapot pin
Late in the spring, I came across a book about costume jewelry that set me off on a whole new world of collecting. Although I was initially just interested in learning more about rhinestones and other sparkly things, I also developed a new appreciation for all manner of jewelry designs. My latest favorite piece doesn't have a single rhinestone in it, but I think the design is just amazing.
This little pin is just about 1-1/4 inches in diameter, yet I think it packs a world of design creativity into this tiny space. I hope you can tell from the photos, but the teapot and teacup rest on a "shelf" or perhaps a "tea cloth" that drapes down. Now who thought to fold sterling silver to create the effect of a real tea setting? I even love the tiny little spoon sitting between the teapot and teacup. And the moon you can see through the window (well, actually "on" the window, but that's OK). I just love this piece, which is marked "W CASSIUS," about whom I can find nothing on the Internet. A new mystery to solve! I did see some very modern design W CASSIUS earrings listed on eBay, but that didn't really tell me anything.
Do you have a favorite piece of tea themed jewelry? If so, what does it look like? And if you know anything about W CASSIUS, please share!