Handmade Glass Earrings

£20.00

Stunning blue and gold glass earrings made by glass artist Judith Gill from Stockton. Judith is proud of Stockton’s railway heritage and has developed a range of jewellery to reflect this. These earrings were inspired by two-hole stone sleeper blocks used by the earliest railways to hold iron rails. The vibrant colours are eye-catching and the gold dots change colour in different lighting, sometimes appearing green. The earrings measure approximately 1.2cm square, although being handmade measurements may vary. The backs are silver plated. The earrings will be lovingly packed in a black kraft gift box. Why not pair with matching cufflinks?

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We are so proud to support artists who live and work along the line of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Judith lives in Stockton and specialises in art made from glass. In addition to studying textile design at Huddersfield, Judith also trained at the renowned Sunderland glass centre. Her glassware has been exhibited at the V&A and she is a member of Cohesion Glass Group, Digital City, Redcar and Cleveland Creative Hub, Contemporary Glass Society, AXIS and the Northern branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers.

Why blue and gold earrings? Blue was the colour chosen by the Stockton & Darlington Railway for the opening day celebration flags and ribbons because it represented quality and reliability. Blue ribbons with gold fringing were also produced for the 1875 S&DR celebrations. The colours were also inspired by the luxurious blue and gold velvet gown of the Railway Carnival Queen which started in 1925, the year of the 100th anniversary of the S&DR.  The role of the Railway Queen was to act as a representative of the railway industry and to foster goodwill between companies and Trade Unions. To see the Railway Queen’s gown at the Science Museum Group, click here. https://collection.sciencemuseumgroup.org.uk/objects/co217802/velvet-railway-queen-gown-blue-and-gold-robes

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