A wonderful antique arrow brooch from the late Victorian era, c1900! The brooch is made of 9ct gold and features a solid Australian opal. The solid crystal opal rests in a claw bezel and takes centre stage along the shaft of the arrow. The opal has a bluish green play of colour and there is a subtle orange rolling flash. A nice transparency is viewed (hence the term 'crystal opal'!). The opal does appear to have an internal fracture which is stable. The detailed arrow design features graduated feathers to one end and an arrow shape to the opposite end. In Victorian times the arrow was often a symbol of love (Cupid's arrow), and paired with an opal representing hope and purity. Archery was also a popular pastime sport in the 19th century for both men and women.
The T clasp has a stamped plaque - '9C' and what appears to be a 'crown' which is possibly the stamp of early Australian jeweller 'P Falk and Co' of Adelaide, South Australia. A classic Victorian style pin and 'C' connection is on the reverse of the brooch.
A stunning and symbolic antique piece which would make a unique addition on the collar or high neck shirt!