A stunning Australian opal brooch dating back to the early 20th century, c1900-1910's! Crafted in 9ct yellow gold, the antique brooch boasts two lovely Australian solid opals.
The top opal is a boomerang shaped cabochon ... a very iconic Australian symbol, (and well known as a weapon used by Indigenous Australians for hunting!). The solid white crystal opal displays a good green/blue colour and secondary orange/red to yellows hue's. Attached below is a teardrop shaped solid white opal, displaying blue/purple colour and secondary green to orange hue's. Suggestive of the brooches age, it is believed both of the opals were mined at White Cliffs opal mining field in New South Wales. The town of White Cliffs started mining opal around the late 19th century. Total estimated weight of the two opals is 7.30 carats.
The opals are beautifully displayed in individual four-claw collet settings, each surrounded with a decorative engraved leaf border, along with single 'berry-like' balls at the base of each. The naturalistic design is reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts movement. As well, the style has a whisper of the notable Australian jewellery designer, Rhoda Wager and could be attributed to the 'school' of Rhoda Wager. There are small rings attached in between allowing the piece to sway elegantly ...and catching the flashes of colour in the opal!
The brooch is stamped "9CT". A metal pin and 'C' clasp, along with long safety chain are attached. The brooch measures 4cm drop x 3cm across top.
The piece has been assessed independently by a South Australian opal expert and NCJV registered valuer/ FGAA gemmologist. An accredited valuation certificate will accompany piece upon sale.
A beautiful piece of Australian history, something very distinct and sure to receive compliments whilst wearing! Opal is the birthstone for October.