45006274 Beryl Lane - Antique Victorian 9ct Gold Three Solid Opal Fancy Bar brooch by Willis & Co
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Antique Victorian 9ct Gold Opal Fancy Bar Brooch by Willis & Co

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A regal opal antique brooch from the late Victorian era, c1900! Made by the iconic Willis & Co manufacturing jewellers of Melbourne, Australia, the brooch is made of 9ct gold - a lovely warm rose gold with yellow gold highlights. Interspaced along the centre of the brooch is three solid Australi ...Read more
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A regal opal antique brooch from the late Victorian era, c1900! Made by the iconic Willis & Co manufacturing jewellers of Melbourne, Australia, the brooch is made of 9ct gold - a lovely warm rose gold with yellow gold highlights. Interspaced along the centre of the brooch is three solid Australian opals. The almost round cabochon shaped opals have a nice translucency with a subtle iridescent greenish blue play of colour. Each opal rests in a multi-claw gallery style setting and sit atop a double bar which form into handsome scrolls at each end. There is a yellow gold hand-etched strip resting either side of the opal, contrasting beautifully with the rose gold, and adding extra flair to the brooch!

A metal pin and c-loop to the reverse make up the rest of the brooch. There is early Australian stamps to the brooch - a 'sheaf' (denoting 9ct gold), '9' and 'unicorn' stamp - derived from the family crest of T Willis and Co, a prominent jeweller in Melbourne, Victoria in the late 19th century and early 20th century.

An attractive antique brooch. A gorgeous little accessory for the high neck collar, jacket lapel, or scarf!

Item Details

Early Victorian, c1900
9ct rose and yellow gold
Three solid Australian opal, crystal material cabochon-cut measuring 5.00mm- 6.00mm, subtle greenish blue play of colour. Gemstones tested by a FGAA gemmologist with professional gemmological equipment.
Early Australian stamps to the brooch - a 'sheaf' (denoting 9ct gold), '9' and 'unicorn' stamp - derived from the family crest of T Willis and Co.
2.77 grams
5cm (2" inches) long
Very good antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold, setting or opals. The pin works well with good tension.
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