Edward Everett Oakes silver cross with blue, pink and yellow sapphires, garnets, a tourmaline, and an emerald. He began his jewelry training as an apprentice to Frank Gardner Hale for five years and then worked with noted jeweler and teacher Josephine Hartwell Shaw, both in the Boston area. Oakes worked in a naturalistic and sometimes asymmetrical style favoring the use of moonstones and richly colored stones—often precious stones. He specialized in creating tiny intricate leaves and flowers which were fabricated by hand and are very recognizable as his work. An oak leaf with OAKES inside is his mark, but many of his pieces are unmarked. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2014, Accession Number: 2014.246.2
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