Probably one of the most useful inventions of all-time, cutlery has been adorning tables since as far back as the Greeks. The spoon and the knife came first, followed by the fork. But, back then, forks typically had only two tines.
From the 7th-11th Centuries, forks were frequently used at mealtimes by diners in the Middle East, but there must have been a fork in the road… because it took much longer (nearly 5 more centuries!) for forks to be adopted into common use in 16th Century Italy.
Since I take forks for granted, I was also surprised to learn that during the 16th-17th Centuries, forks were used in France, England and Germany--but only by the wealthy, who considered this piece of metal frou-frou to be a fashionable fad.
It really wasn't until the early 19th Century that the four-tined forks that we know and use today were adopted for regular mealtime use in England and Germany. And after that, they were slowly forked out to tables here in America. And, that's The History of the Fork.
Well, here in 2008, forks are more fashionable that ever. But, in the world of the crafty and creative, they aren't just being used for table dressings. They are also being repurposed for fashionable jewelry. So, today on Friday Findings, I'm inviting you to sit down at my virtual table to check out these fabulous pieces of forked finery...created by a group of talented jewelry sellers at the online marketplace, Etsy.
First Love Fork Bracelet
This one of a kind fork bracelet was created with an antique silver-plated Rogers Brothers fork by designer Mary Andrews in Brooklyn, NY. Her First Love Bracelet fits any wrist and features a fanciful floral handle that's engraved on the inside with the phrase "First Love." Available from contrary.etsy.com.
Broken China Fork Pendant
This stunning Broken China Fork Pendant is the handiwork of designer Doctor Gus in Henryville, PA and takes tableware to a new level! It incorporates an old silver-plated fork that's been bent and wrapped to grasp a broken piece of china in its tines. Available from doctorgus.etsy.com.
Fork Pendant with Teal Glass
This funky and fashionable Fork Pendant features a flat glass marble in teal...entwined in vintage fork tines. It comes on a steel and nickel beaded chain and is the creation of designer Linda Taylor in Stuart, FL. Available from LTCreatesJewelry.etsy.com.
A Fork on the Hand
This one of a kind Fork Ring is created with a reclaimed sterling silver pickle fork. It a size 7 and features an etheral octopus shape accented with a single moonstone that's been set in a sterling silver bezel. It was created by designer Elissa Steinert in Dorchester, MA. Available from esteinert.etsy.com.
Ibis Fork Pendant
I love the graceful and modern look of this Ibis Fork Pendant. A regular table fork has been manipulated to resemble the long, down-curved bill of our feathered friend, the Ibis. It was created by the designer and owner of the VerbenaVox.etsy.com shop in Austin, TX.
This gorgeous holiday-inspired silver fork pendant was handcrafted by designer Rachelle in Temecula, CA. Rachelle adorned this fork like a sparkling Christmas tree and loaded with Swarovski pearls, Swarovski crystal, and shining bits of vintage glass accents. It comes on a 22" sterling silver snake chain. Available from SpoonerZ.etsy.com.
Well Posh Mamas, its time for me to stick a fork in it--because this post is done! But, before you go, please congratulate the last week's Friday Findings giveaway winner--Posh Mama Christine Spencer! Christine has won the Silicon Gallies for Him cufflinks from last week's Friday Findings giveaway courtesy of my shop, capitolagirl.etsy.com.
Stay tuned next week for a special Christmas Day post. Friday Findings will be back for the new year with some new jewelry and new giveaways in January 2009. In the meantime… may your holidays be safe and happy!
Written by Posh Mama Susan of Capitola Girl Jewelry and the Capitola Girl blog -- where Every Girl Has a Story (and so should her jewelry!).