A wonderful antique post Federation Australian gemstone brooch from the Edwardian era, c1901! Made of 9ct yellow gold the brooch features the outline of the Southern Cross Constellation, along with a crescent and 'shooting stars' celestial theme. The unique design is accented with bright red garnet top doublet stones claw set at each terminal (which represent the constellation stars). A crescent and three 'shooting star' motifs decorate the centre of the brooch, there are imitation white seed pearls lining the crescent and one pearl rests in each star. A copper-tone pin and c-connection to the reverse makes up the rest of the brooch. Stamps to the back can be partially seen. The stamps are difficult to decipher due to obstruction of the wire, albeit corresponds with the early Australian guarantee stamps; probably '9' 'Sheaf' and another stamp likely to be the makers mark and possibly a 'bee', which is the mark of A Benjamin & Sons of Melbourne.
The brooch is steeped with oodles of Australian history; Patriotic jewellery was made to commemorate the Federation of Australia (also known as the Commonwealth of Australia) that was formed on January the 1st, year 1901. Many stick pins, brooches and pendants were made to commemorate this special event, and again during and after WW1.
A wonderful brooch for the avid Australian antique jewellery collector. A perfect Aussie token for the traveler or a gift for the homesick working abroad!
ERA: Edwardian, from c1901
MATERIAL: 9ct yellow gold (tested)
GEMSTONES: Five garnet top doublets and imitation seed pearls (one cultured replacement pearl)
HALLMARK: early Australian guarantee stamps just readable.
WEIGHT: 3.71 grams
SIZE: 4.50cm x 3.00cm
CONDITION: The overall condition of the brooch is excellent. Besides normal surface wear to the gold, there is no apparent dents or damage. The stones are in excellent condition with no chips or surface scratches. The pin still holds good tension. A wonderful antique brooch!
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Antique Edwardian 9ct Gold Australian Southern Cross Gemstone Brooch