Friday, March 3, 2017

Mrs. Alice Hooper - Reproduction Necklace and Earrings

     I will be attending the Jamestown Settlement Craft Fair from 3-4 June of this year!  If you are down that way, do come by the fair and see me and the other vendors.  We will not only demonstrate our craft - we will be making pearl necklaces, but we will also have the entire shop with us and all items available to purchase.  

     During my discussions with the events personnel at the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, we discussed jewelry of course!  They were looking for jewelry for the display of Mrs. Alice Hooper by John Singleton Copley within the Museum of the American Revolution - Yorktown.  More information about Mrs. Hooper can be found here by Judy Anderson.

Mrs. Alice Hooper by John Singleton Copely, 1763 (Milwaukee Art Museum)

     Creating the look that I wanted required some thought - especially using ready-made findings and vintage pieces.  The necklace that Mrs. Hooper is wearing was possibly of garnets and paste, showing her social status and the common fashion of the 1760's.  I have seen many imports of garnets in jewelry in my research, and wrote an article on 18th century necklaces which you can read here.  

     I have seen this necklace before on Mrs. Barnard Elliot by Jeremiah Theus, 1767.  I was even able to find the photo of an original on the Rowan and Rowan website.  It is really awesome to see a portrait, tie it to an actual piece for sale, and then try to recreate it to the best of my ability.

Original Garnet necklace circa 1770 via Rowan and Rowan

     I decided to only do three strands of the garnet crystals for my reproduction.  Having different size crystals made it a challenge to keep the same length when adding it to the center piece.  Mrs. Hooper also required some earrings - of which I re-purposed a pair of 1950's rhinestone clip-on earrings for her.  It simulates the paste clusters of the day.

1950's repurposed earrings made new

Mrs. Hooper mannequin
(Photo Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

Within the final museum display
(Photo Courtesy of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

Mrs. Hooper's jewelry - Close-up - different from the Rowan and Rowan original and that of Mrs. Elliot - but a common design!

My interpretation of the center area

More of the necklace - with the repurposed pair of 1950's 
earrings that I changed into leverback

     Now to await the photos on Mrs. Hooper in Yorktown!