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Antique Edwardian 9ct Rose Gold Purple Paste Bar Brooch by Joseph Lawrence

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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 ...Read more
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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!

Late Edwardian c1910's
9ct rose gold
Paste, purple colour, measuring approx 9.80mm x 6.00mm, fancy rectangular step cut
"9" "Wheatsheaf" "Knot" (Joseph Lawrence)
2.74 grams
4.80cm length
The overall condition of the piece is excellent. Besides normal surface wear the brooch presents superbly, and considering the age of the piece the stone is in remarkable condition with no nicks, or barely any surface scratches when viewed under 10x magnification. The bar itself is sturdy and the ornate claw gallery setting is in perfect order. The clasp works well and retains good tension. A charming antique piece which can be enjoyed for another century, or more!

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