Glasbak Ovenware was introduced in 1917 by the McKee Glass Company from Jeannette, Pennsylvania. Glasbak was specifically designed to compete with the Pyrex product line, which was created by Corning Glass Works and enjoying major success at the time.
The particular piece of kitchenware used for this jewellery was made between 1980-1989. The pattern is named "Pinwheel".
As with all Goosehouse Designs jewellery, this unique jewellery is individually handcrafted by me in my studio.
The silver in these earrings is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
These small round earrings measure 15mm x 5mm deep.
The hooks are sterling silver.
Glasbake 'Pinwheel', small round vintage china earrings
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.