This brooch dates back to circa 1900 or so, the piece is more than likely from New Zealand, where many nephrite jade and greenstone pieces like this originate from. The colour of the nephrite jade is a nice spinach green with a few darker visible inclusions.
Wrapped near each end of greenstone is a 4.8mm wide slither of 9ct gold which is decorated with a hand-engraved foliage pattern. The centre has a narrow 2mm slither of 9ct gold with an engraved Maori symbol. On the reverse of nephrite jade is a 9ct gold backing with metal pin and 'C' clasp.
Greenstone or Pounamu (which is the Maori name) refers to several types of hard, durable nephrite jade, bowenite or serpentine stone found in Southern New Zealand. Jewellery and other decorative items made from gold and pounamu were particularly fashionable in New Zealand in the Victorian and Edwardian years in the late 19th and early 20th century.
ERA: circa 1900- late Victorian- early Edwardian
PROVENANCE: more than likely New Zealand
MATERIAL: 9ct Yellow Gold, metal pin
GEMSTONE: Nephrite Jade, measuring nearly 2" inches long, mid spinach green colour
SIZE: just short of 2" inches long
CONDITION: Beautiful antique condition! A gorgeous piece of New Zealand history!
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