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  • Place of origin:

    Scotland (made)

  • Date:

    early 20th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Thew, Mary, born 1876 - died 1953 (designed and made by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, partly gilded, with abalone, turquoise, jade and citrine

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Gulderen Tekvar

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 28, shelf B, box 6

Mary Thew studied at Glasgow School of Art in the mid 1890s. Her career as a jeweller came later however, after marriage and a family, with a studio first in Glasgow then out in Kirkcudbright. She was a member of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists' Club and her jewellery won one of their prizes in 1925. An interview with her in The Glasgow Herald (18 May 1939) describes her studio in the garden, with its bench surrounded by shelves of tools and materials at which she sat on an old windsor chair. The journalist remarks on her 'fine colour sense' which is also a feature of this particular brooch. Its rich but unusual combination of stones fits well with her remark that 'in the drawers a heterogeneous collection of gems from all over the world was mixed in an entrancing disorder'.

Physical description

Brooch, a vertical pin set with a large oval turquoise, mottled with brown, at its head. The turquoise is flanked by two oval citrines and rosettes of twisted silver while a third citrine is set amid silver circles beneath. Below is a rectangular panel of abalone which tapers slightly. At its base is a fourth citrine, two further rosettes and a teardrop-shaped piece of pale green jade. A few of the decorative spheres have been gilded but the settings and the back are of silver.

Place of Origin

Scotland (made)


early 20th century (made)


Thew, Mary, born 1876 - died 1953 (designed and made by)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, partly gilded, with abalone, turquoise, jade and citrine


Height: 81.5 mm, Width: 29.5 mm, Depth: 12.5 mm

Descriptive line

Brooch, silver partly gilded, set with abalone, turquoise, jade and citrine, designed and made by Mary Thew, Scotland, early 20th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Jude Burkhauser (ed.) Glasgow Girls: Women in art and design 1880-1920 (Edinburgh 1990). The brooch is illustrated on p.181.
'Round the Studios: 7- Mrs Mary Thew, Jeweller' by Nan Muirhead Moffat, The Glasgow Herald, 18 May 1939, 8; https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=1xU1AAAAIBAJ&sjid=6qULAAAAIBAJ&pg=3672%2C2891877
Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts and Crafts Tradition by Elyse Zorn Karlin, 1993


Silver; Silver gilt; Abalone; Turquoise; Jade; Citrine




Jewellery; Metalwork; Scotland


Metalwork Collection

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