James A Jobling (JAJ) took over the Wear Flint Glass Works in Sunderland, UK in 1885. Pyrex was first developed there in 1913 when one of their physicists, Jesse T. Littleton, was asked by his wife Bessie to bring home a replacement for her broken earthenware casserole dish. He brought her a piece of industrial borosilicate glass, nearly unbreakable, and when she tried it for a sponge cake it gave a uniform cake that was easy to remove from the dish.
Pyrex was launched as a commercial product in 1915, and quickly found favour with cooks all over the world.
In 1965 a Corning scientist developed a laminating technique that produced very thin, yet very strong glass. Corning introduced Corelle Livingware in 1970.Corelle developed a new type of patterned dinnerware made from this light and durable layered glass.
Originally called Spring Blossom, this particular pattern is also known as Crazy Daisy or Lazy Daisy, and was produced from 1972-1981. Designed by Sara Balbach, this design is considered one of Pyrex's longest running patterns.
As with all Goosehouse Designs jewellery, this unique jewellery is individually handcrafted by me in my studio.
The silver in this pendant is sterling silver, and is stamped with the .925 stamp.
This oval pendant measures 24mm x 20mm x 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"
Pyrex, Corelle, 'Spring Blossom', oval vintage china pendant
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.