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Once there was a wealthy Mandarin, who had a beautiful daughter (Koong-se). She had fallen in love with her father's humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father. He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart. The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke. The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift. The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.

On the eve of the daughter's wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed. As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised. They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand. They eventually escaped on the Duke's ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years.

But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge. Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death. The gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves.

 

The Chinese fable of an eloping couple transforming into doves became one the most identifiable design elements of 18th and 19th century crockery, known as the Willow Pattern. The Willow Pattern was designed in 1780 by Minton and intended to add a touch of Oriental magic to eartherware. Unfortunately for true romantics, the story of the lovers is largely English in origin, based on a Japanese poem. Many manufacturers at the time produced their own version of the Willow Pattern.

The fisherman in his boat in this piece of china comes from a dinner plate from the Willow series, manufactured by JH Weatherby & Sons. The company was founded in Tunstall in 1891 and moved to Hanley the following year. The maker's mark was first used in 1892, although the date of the manufacture of this particular plate is unknown.

 

The silver in this pendant is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.

This round pendant is 20mm across and 5mm deep.

The pendant comes with your choice of necklace -

wire collar 46cm/18"

box chain 56cms/22"

link chain 66cms/26"

snake chain 70cms/27"

 

As with all Goosehouse Designs jewellery, this unique jewellery is individually handcrafted by me in my studio. My upcycled, sustainable, broken china jewellery is crafted from ethically-sourced, pre-damaged, vintage china, that would otherwise end up in landfill. It is the perfect romantic gift for wedding anniversaries, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and any time you want to show your love through a treasured piece of artisan jewellery.

 

Your Goosehouse Designs jewellery will be sent to you carefully wrapped and packaged using recycled and recyclable materials. I am committed, at all times, to operating my business in every way I can to be kinder and gentler to the planet.

JH Weatherby and Sons 'Willow' pattern vintage china pendant

$130.00Price
  • 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.

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