Collar Curve

Exquisite antique collar brooch with emeralds & diamonds, circa 1895

Brooches belonged until not so long ago to the really indispensable pieces of jewelry. No lady would have left the house around 1950 without a brooch, because without a brooch the clothing was not complete. How and where the brooch was worn on the clothes changed following the respective fashions. Sometimes the brooch was worn on the lapel, then again in front of the ballgown as a so-called stomacher. In the years around 1900, on the other hand, the so-called "collar brooch" was popular, which was worn on the front of the blouse at about the height of the top button on high-closed garments. They were typical daytime jewellery for the wealthy lady and adorned in a restrained yet elegant manner. The present brooch from the years just before the turn of the last century is full of verve. Forged from slightly reddish 14-karat gold, the piece of jewellery takes the form of two counter-rotating spiral tendrils set with exquisite gemstones. Two small diamonds glitter at the ends, while an old-cut diamond of about half a carat is accompanied by two high-quality emeralds in the centre. The brooch has been very well preserved since its creation over a century ago.

There is no written record of the first discovery of precious opal until 1872, when commercial mining began in Queensland in the 1890s. Finally, in 1905 further opal fields were discovered in Lightning Ridge, in 1915 in Coober Pedy and in 1930 in Andamooka. Especially the stones from Lightning Ridge enjoy an almost legendary reputation. In them the so-called "flashfire" effects can be found. This is the name given to the property of some opals to emit lightning-like color reflexes and to produce new, exciting color images with each new incidence of light.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.