It doesn't get more Australian than this! A wonderful piece of Australian history is this 9ct gold 'map of Australia' pendant, dating to the early Edwardian era, c1901! Patriotic jewellery was made to commemorate the Federation of Australia (also known as the Commonwealth of Australia) that was formed on 1st January 1901. Many stick pins, brooches and pendants were made to commemorate this special event.
The pendant features a 'map of Australia' detailed with a hand engraving of 'Australia', lines denoting state borders, and includes stars and rivers. There is something else which I might add (if you haven't already observed?) there is no border between the states of South Australia and Northern Territory, as well Victoria and New South Wales.This is because NT was once part of SA up until 1911, and VIC was once part of NSW! Also it appears the island state of Tasmania has been forgotten about (once again!). The map of Australia is bordered with a gold circle which has milgrain detail. Interspaced around the circle is 6 diamond-shaped profiles, accented alternately with emeralds and seed pearls. Two of the seed pearls are imitation and one is a cultured pearl (likely a replacement at some stage). There are two natural emeralds and one garnet top doublet. It's likely that the garnet top doublet is the original and the two emeralds are replacements. Stones are bead-set into place and remnants of glue is seen under magnification. A small ring and sturdy 9ct jump ring is placed at the top. Stamped "9CT" on the reverse denoting 9ct gold.
A wonderful piece of Australian history, perhaps to add to a collection or as a gift to the avid Australia lover!