May Morris, 1903
The Victoria & Albert Museum
May Morris (1862-1938); the daughter of the artist, designer and socialist William Morris; was a talented embroideress and jeweler in her own right. She started designing jewelry around the turn of the 20th century--inspired by the Birmingham jewelers Arthur and Georgie Gaskin, who were old family friends.
As was the style of the time, May favored colorful stones, usually cabochon-cut or uncut entirely, and found much inspiration in European folk jewellery.
Here, from the V&A, we see an excellent example of her work. This stickpin of gold is set with a white opal, water opals and pearls. It was made by May Morris around 1903.
|Other jewels by Miss Morris.|