SOLD: Australian citrine and gold brooch/pendant, circa 1870


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This massive brooch is a superb example of Australian goldwork, using locally mined gold and a beautiful, lively, lemon-hued citrine – a gemstone that was probably also locally mined. 

It still retains the original top ring, so it can be worn as a pendant, too. 

This is an iconic piece from about 1870, and is quintessentially Australian, though it bears no identifying marks. 

The decorative device of a garland of grapes appears over and over again in jewellery from this colonial period. Frequently a dove surmounts, as in this case. 

Australia was wallowing in real money for the first time as the result of newly discovered goldfields. For a moment “marvellous Melbourne” was the richest city in the world.

Though very large this jewel is still attractive and wearable, somehow escaping the vulgarity of many similar examples – restraint is not typical in these nouveau riche trophies. 

It’s outstanding, given its size, the quality of materials and workmanship, and its condition. 


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold
• Set with a large natural oval-cut citrine
• Approximately 6.8cm (nearly 2 3/4 inches) long, 5.2cm (just over 2 inches) wide
• Weight is 59.2 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box
• Note: the large antique collar is for sale separately (the smaller chain is not for sale) – please get in touch if you’d like information about it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description. 

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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