An exquisite antique opal bracelet, dating to late Edwardian era, circa 1910's! The Australian bracelet is made of 9ct gold, the colour is a lovely warm antique rose hue.
The bracelet consists of 5 hinged links with three links boasting three tantalising opal gems. Each of the opals display striking harlequin like patterns with vivid colours of the full spectrum - red, greens, blues, purple, yellow and orange. The colours dance and play across the face in a spectacular display! There is a taper in the links and opal sizes with the largest link and opal placed in centre, and graduating down in size either side. Opals measure approximately 1 x 16.50mm x 13.0mm (centre) and 2 x 13.40mm x 10.0mm (side), total estimated weight of the opals are 7.00cts - 8.00cts. The opals are on natural potch (colourless opal), and are likely mined either from the Coober Pedy, or White Cliffs field in the early 20th century.
The bezel-set opals are flanked with flower accents, as well a rope embellishment along each side of opal. The two end links display single flower accents resting on a angled wire design. There is a sturdy box tongue connection which secures with a firm click. A safety chain is attached for extra security, Stamped "9c" (denoting 9ct gold) and "H T" on the reverse of clasp.
A tantalizing antique bracelet - sure to receive compliments! and a wonderful piece of Australian history!
ERA: Early 20th century, circa 1910's
MATERIAL: 9ct subtle rose gold
STAMP: "9c" "H T"
OPALS: Three opal doublets on natural potch (colourless opal backs), flat top and cushion-shape, approximately 1 x 16.50mm x 13.0mm (centre) and 2 x 13.40mm x 10.0mm (side), total estimated weight of the opals are 7.00cts- 8.00cts. 'Harlequin' like pattern with full spectrum colours seen - red, greens, blues, purple, yellow and orange.
WEIGHT: 14.22 grams
SIZE -18cm (7" inches) length. Link size - 16.20mm wide x 39mm long (largest link), tapering to 10.50mm wide x 24mm long (smallest link)
CONDITION: Excellent antique condition! Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold or hinges. The opal is intact with no crazing or chips. A wonderful piece of Australian history!
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