The holidays are right around the corner and we have so many new and exciting products to share with you! One of our latest collections is inspired by something found in your own home – spoons!
Many of us had beautiful spoon jewelry in the early ’60s and ’70s, buying it from artisan stalls or taking some of our mothers or grandmothers old rusty cutlery and turning them into fashion. Did you know that spoon jewelry is said to be dated back to 17th century England? Flatware in those days was coveted and made out of solid silver. Pieces were often designed with the family crest on them. According to history, those in poorer classes and servants didn’t have enough money to buy pieces of jewelry for engagement or wedding rings. They would steal pieces of cutlery from their masters and mold them into rings, proclaiming their love in the face of incredible social and economic barriers.
If you’ve visited the market in Downtown Charleston, visited local craft shops, or jewelry stores recently, we are sure you’ve noticed the resurgence of spoon jewelry coming back into popular fashion. Many are made out of beautiful vintage pieces that have been lost to time in the deep bins of antique stores and flea markets. They are a wonderful connection to the past and the lost craftsmanship that has slowly died off over time. They are beautiful, unique, and eye-catching pieces. We have fallen in love all over again with spoon jewelry and have been thrilled to let that love bloom into one of our newest collections!
Our spoon jewelry collection was inspired by antique salt spoons, and are handmade right here in Charleston. Salt spoons were small utensils from a time before table salt was as free-flowing and common as it is today. Since it was such a precious seasoning, only small portions were given to a person at the table. Salt was scooped out of a dish known as a salt cellar and sprinkled over food with these small spoons. Due to changes in the processing of salt for consumer use, the open salt cellar and its accompanying salt spoons have become largely obsolete. To celebrate their beauty and craftsmanship we wanted to create this line! In this two-part blog, we will be discussing some of these beautiful new pieces, their craftsmanship, and the history of their famous silver manufacturers.
Wallace Rose Point Sterling Silver Spoon Earrings
These beautiful sterling silver earrings are designed after the Wallace Rose Point Sterling silver salt spoon. The beautiful and elegant Rose Point pattern was patented in 1934 by Wallace Silversmiths and was designed by the incredible William S. Warren. It is considered to be an openwork pattern and has a very delicate leaf and rose blossom decoration. It was created to look like needlepoint work. It celebrates the natural beauty of roses, and was called “the bridal veil of Queens”. It was credited to be one of the very first pieces with “third dimension beauty”.
King Richard Sterling Silver Spoon Earrings
These beautiful sterling silver earrings are inspired by the design of the King Richard Salt Spoon. This 1932 design was created to be a design fit for a King. The pattern reflects images of shells and scrolls. This flatware was designed to look beautiful on your table all year round, matching any tableware. The pattern was created by Towel Silversmith and has been very popular since it’s 1932 debut. It was designed by Ferdinand Poppenhauser and was named in honor of King Richard I of England (1157-1199).
Joan of Arc Sterling Silver Spoon Earrings
These beautiful sterling silver earrings are inspired by the design found on the Joan of Arc sterling silver salt spoon. This elegant design was patented in 1940 by International Silver Flatware. It was designed to reflect the regal French style with elegant scrollwork and a plumed tip. Since its release in 1940, it has remained a popular bridal and everyday choice for silverware. It has a sleek violin shape and was made to bring “a sense of harmony and happiness” to the dinner table. It was designed by Alfred G. Kintz.
Don’t worry – we have so much more history and beautiful pieces to share with you in our next blog. For now, enjoy visiting our website for a little preview of our new collections, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!