Birthday Jewellery Series by Exquisite of Solihull UK 1914 1979
Elegant or W A P Watson Ltd produced costume jewellery in the UK from 1914 to 1979. Among the most popular series was the Birthday range. Hand painted flowers designs for each month of the year.
where to buy fashion jewelry was ideal for a birthday gift and you might select from a pendant, a brooch or clip on earrings. Or even purchase the entire set to collaborate your appearance. The brooches were made in two sizes a little and a bigger one. Throughout my research I have not found any bracelets but I do think they may have been produced therefore if you own one I would like to know!
Each piece of jewellery was hand painted with cold enamel; and that means there are lots of different variations to be found, that makes gathering them quite fascinating.
The flowers used for each month were the popular simple to grow ranges that start to very first flower then here in the UK. A mix of perennial plants and annual ones.
Below is where to buy fashion jewelry of the months and the flower style utilized.
January - snowdrop (white flowers with long green leaves).
February - primrose (yellow flowers with green leaves).
March - violets (pink/purple flowers with green leaves).
April - iris (blue flowers with long green leaves).
May - pansy (blue, yellow & pink flowers with green leaves).
June - rose (red roses with green leaves).
July - fuschia (pink, mauve flowers with green leaves).
August - poppy (red poppy with green leaves).
September - cornflower (blue flowers with green leaves)).
October - carnation (pink, white flowers with green leaves).
November - chrysanthemum (purple flowers with green leaves).
December - Christmas increased or Helleborus Niger (white flowers with yellow centre, red holly berries & green leaves).
The brooches remained in sizes 7 x 5 cm (larger) & 5 x 4 cm (medium). Particular is of a bunch of flowers open & in bud connected with a ribbon bow.
Necklaces were flowers and leaves organized in a row with a length of plain chain to the clasp.
Earrings all clip on type with a flower and leaves.
Most of the brooches and earring seem signed on the reverse "Exquisite" or have the reg and copyright indication also. Much of the lockets are anonymous but usually have the signature bow attached to the clasp.
The Birthday range can be discovered in their original boxes or on pouches. If you are fortunate some have the birthday gift tag. They were offered in silver or gold tone metal.
As Elegant jewellery was hand enamelled care requires to be taken when purchasing a piece. Look at the photographs or examine the piece in depth. Some pieces are in outstanding condition however some might have the enamel worn. Keep in mind if the enamel is too worn you can hand paint it yourself.
Classic costume jewellery by Exquisite was produced over a very long time and there are various series to collect - so have enjoyable.