DescriptionThe Museum’s Department of Drawings and Prints houses an album of original jewelry designs created about 1910 by Virginia V. Blakeney (America, 1878–1963). One of her drawings for an ornate beaded pendant is the source for our pretty earrings.
18K gold overlay, with reconstituted beads. 1 1/2''L. Pierced, with gold-filled posts.
- 18K gold overlay, with reconstituted beads
- 1 1/2''L
- Pierced, with gold-filled posts
Art HistoryVirginia V. Blakeney (America, 1878–1963), a lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio, is known to have produced jewelry designs for large American jewelry houses as well as for important Dayton families. Her graceful and elegant adornments included necklaces, pendants, brooches, and rings of silver or gold, often enameled or enhanced with precious stones and pearls. Blakeney’s preliminary jewelry designs in this album, delicately sketched in graphite and tinted with watercolor and gouache, clearly display the Arts & Crafts aesthetic and are in themselves works of art.