'Foley' is a small district alongside King Street, Fenton - near the border with Longton. There was a pottery at Foley as early as the eighteenth century, owned by Joseph Myatt, who made wares somewhat in the style of Wedgwood.
Altogether there were five different companies which had "Foley" in their name operating in this area. Foley China Works was first operated by Robinson and Sons in 1850. The factory was purchased in 1885 by Elijah Brain and partners, who manufactured porcelain at Foley Works, Fenton, between 1903 and 1963.
The china saucer used for the creation of this ring is decorated in the Foley 'Broadway' pattern, maroon, and was manufactured sometime after 1948 and before 1963.
The silver in this ring is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
This round ring is 20mm across and 5mm deep.
The ring is fully adjustable to fit all sizes.
Foley ‘Broadway’ pattern vintage china
The vintage china I use in my jewellery pieces is all recycled from pieces found at garage sales and op. shops, or through vintage dealers, who are happy to pass on some of their less-than-perfect items. I carefully cut out the selected section of china, shape it by hand, then grind the edges nice and smooth. I securely fix the piece into the sterling silver blank, then grout it so it stays firmly in place.
As with all artisan jewellery, some care needs to be taken to keep your piece in as-new condition.
The vintage china in your piece may well be up to a hundred years old, and needs to be treated accordingly. It is not recommended that you swim or shower whilst wearing your jewellery, nor that you wear it gardening or playing sport or any other activity where the item may get badly knocked. China is breakable, after all.
The sterling silver ring is easily adjustable, but care must be taken not to bend the ring band too quickly or too sharply. As with all metals, if they are worked roughly they may break.
The sterling silver bezel will enjoy a regular simple polish with a quality silvercloth. If you do use silver polish, do not get it on the china or the grout. Do not use strong chemicals on your jewellery.