SOLD: Australian Edwardian aquamarine and pearl necklace, circa 1910


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Here is an instantly recognisable Australian Edwardian necklace in the garland style.

I was very excited to buy this. Though not as fine as the best English examples, it is as good as it gets here.

There was a scarcity of gemstones and good jewellers owing to our isolation, small population and general lack of wealth for all but the few.

Consequently, seed pearls were used sparingly and typically set with one in each leaf, as here.

The colour of the aquamarines is fairly light but they blaze in the light. A gem wholesaler must have brought a parcel to Australia; I have seen similar stones in pieces by various local jewellers.

This very pretty 15-carat gold necklace was made by Willis, a Melbourne maker, in about 1910.

Most jewellery from this prolific firm was made in nine-carat gold for the general market, mainly modest little brooches and lockets.

So it was thrilling to find their mark on both the body of the piece and near the end of the chain.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold, marked on the pendant and chain
• Set with eight round, five pear and one oval cut natural aquamarines, and seed pearls
• Approximately 15 1/2 inches (39cm) long
• Central pendant is 4.8cm (nearly 2 inches) long, 2.7cm (just over one inch) wide
• Weight is 20 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box

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

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

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