A classy antique bar brooch from the late Edwardian era, c1910's! Made of 9ct gold, the colour is a lovely warm antique rose hue. Boasting from the centre is one beautiful purple hued paste stone (imitating amethyst and typical for the era!). The paste stone is fashioned in a neat rectangular step cut - alike an emerald cut but with criss-cross facets around the table, emitting pretty scintillations. Just gorgeous, and unique for the era (or ahead of it's time!?) The paste is set into an ornate gallery style claw setting and rests atop a straight-edge gleaming bar, displaying a slender and refined design which adds emphasis to the wonderful purple paste! A copper pin and c-loop attaches to the back, and there is a gold-tone safety chain and pin for extra security whilst wearing.
To the back of the bar bears a set of Australian guarantee marks deciphered as a "9" denoting 9ct gold, alongside a "wheatsheaf " and a "knot" which denotes early Australian maker Joseph Lawrence of Melbourne. Joseph Lawrence was a notable Australian manufacturer of hand made jewellery in the first half of the 20th century.
A wonderful example of early Australian jewellery, and a piece which would easily blend with today's fashions!