|Chain and Pendant|
Enamel, Gold and Persian Turquoise
Charles Robert Ashbee, 1902
Altered from its original design to include a different chain.
The Victoria & Albert Museum
I think this jewel by the celebrated C.R. Ashbee is quite smashing and lovely. But, then, I typically like the work of Ashbee. Charles Robert Ashbee was a multi-talented gent, known for his immense energy. He served as a defining figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement.
Like many of this period, one of Ashbee's favorite motifs was the peacock and he is known to have designed about a dozen peacock jewels in the years around 1900. Here, we see one such example of these jewels. In this instance, the bird is decorated with colorful enamels, and surmounts an uncut turquoise. The use of unusual, uncut stones was a hallmark of the Arts and Crafts movement. Three matching Persian turquoises are set in the chain.