A pair of green Jasperware cufflinks featuring the mythological Aurora, Goddess of the dawn, driving her chariot through the sky to announce the arrival of the sun. Aurora and her chariot are rendered in white bas relief. Each cufflink is affixed with a whale tail backing and measures about 7/8" in diameter. The cufflinks are in good original condition but could use a gentle cleaning as these are older pieces.
Jasper, which name means "spotted or speckled stone," is an opaque variety of chalcedony--a microcrystalline variety of the mineral quartz, and is created from various sedimentation and volcanic ash. In the 1770s, inspired by this opaque quartz, Josiah Wedgwood created Jasperware as a type of nonporous matte and unglazed stoneware in which white pottery is stained with metallic oxide colors, notably blue, dark blue, sage green, lilac, and even black and yellow. Sprigged decorations of applied white relief in neoclassical designs and classic Greek figures and mythology, commemorative cameos, and borders of oak leaf and acorn, leaf and berry, grapes and grapevines, and Acanthus are associated with Jasperware.