Through the eighteenth century and on into the middle of the nineteenth, Vauxhall glass was a popular gem substitute. Intense hues of highly reflective purple, orange, red, green and blue were set into butterfly, snowflake and flower motifs on necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches and hair combs. Made in the Vauxhall Glassworks in London, this jewelry was probably sold as souvenirs in the Vauxhall Gardens.
Red Vauxhall Glass Maltese Cross Brooch and Earring Suite, c.1825.
Photo Courtesy of Bonhams.