Here’s a stunningly beautiful antique Arts and Crafts brooch with a solid cabochon opal and two blue-purple sapphires set in 16K yellow gold and sterling silver!
Dating c1890-1915 in the late Victorian to Edwardian eras, this handmade brooch features a magnificent solid and natural opal in an open-backed bezel-setting. To the east and west of the opal is an oval-faceted natural sapphire, also in open-backed bezel settings. Twisted gold wire encircles each bezel, and the front of the brooch is ornamented with beads and leaves of gold. It retains its original time-created patina, enhancing its antique beauty.
The golden foliate and gemstone-decorated front of the brooch is enclosed by a frame of silver, and the brooch's back and pin mechanism are silver. The brooch is unmarked; and acid testing determines the front is 16K gold (the gold remains on the touchstone with 14k test solution and faintly remains using 18k solution) and the back tests as sterling silver. Its affixed to the wearer's clothing by a c-clasp and tube hinge pin with excellent tension.
A jeweler confirmed the blue stones are natural sapphires, and they're a lovely and unusual shade of blue-purple. The sapphires and opal are in near-pristine condition. The opal has several internal lines that are part of its natural character and don't reach its surface, and wonderful fire of green, blue, indigo, and touches of yellow.
We haven't yet determined the maker; they were clearly someone with talent in the creation of Arts and Crafts jewelry! It's somewhat similar to the work of Henry George Murphy or Rhoda Wager, but as it's unstamped we don't currently know who its talented creator was.
As with all our items this will ship in an elegant box, ready for presenting as a gift or keeping safe as a treasured heirloom.
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Size: 2.8" long x 0.55" wide
Opal: 14mm wide x 10mm tall x4.5mm deep; approx. 3.57 ct
Sapphire 1: 7.25mm wide x 5.5mm tall x 3.85mm deep; ~1.17 ct
Sapphire 2: 7.25mm wide x 5mm tall x 3mm deep; ~0.81 ct
Weight: 10.0 grams
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Antique Arts & Crafts Opal Sapphire 16K Yellow Gold Silver Brooch Edwardian Leaf Handmade
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