Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering for sale a vintage Ola M. Gorie designed cast and hand finished sterling silver brooch circa 1986. This brooch is reminiscent of a carving on the prow of a Norse or Viking longship or dragonship. The deeply engraved design features two dragons facing each other. There are designs within the heads of the dragons and the back is nicely finished. This is a sturdy piece. The brooch weighs 12.6 grams. The piece measures 1-1/2" X 1-3/4". It has a safety clasp. It is marked "OMG" + the hallmark for Edinburgh + the date letter for 1986. The hallmarks are a lion rampant + castle + script lower case "M".
Ola Gorie is one of Britain's most important jewelry designers of recent times. She was born in 1937 and still lives in the Orkney Islands. A pioneer in the 1960s, she explored her Celtic and Norse heritage to find inspiration for stylish, wearable, modern jewelry. Her designs have continued to break new ground, and influence a generation of designers. Her early designs, the first to be originated in Orkney since Viking times, drew heavily on Orkney's Norse heritage, featuring images such as the Maes Howe Dragon, inspired by Viking graffiti in a Neolithic tomb. Her jewelry found quick acceptance both locally and, by the end of the sixties, across the country. Her work drew inspiration from Orkney's Norse, Pictish, Scottish and Celtic heritage and also from natural forms, and art history. Commissions for one-off pieces came from the Queen Mother, Liberty of London, the British Museum and the House of Commons. She retired from business, in 1997.(annotated from Wikipedia)
Hallmarks are taken from "English Silver Hallmarks", edited by Judith Banister published by Foulsham, reprinted 2010.
The silver content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The silver is marked with a British hallmark for sterling.
When you own vintage handmade jewelry, you wear a design that is unique and represents the artist's vision. It is made by a skilled craftsman and can have features which are only found in this piece. The jewelry may exhibit the marks of the craftsman. It will not be perfect. The jewelry will show age appropriate tarnish, unless we state otherwise.
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