Charming early Australian cross/crucifix dating to the first decade of the 20th century.
Modelled in 9ct rose gold which has been ‘bloomed’ to give a higher carat yellow gold matte finish.
Blooming, a popular finishing technique for karat gold jewellery from 1870 to 1890, was first documented in 1853. The means for creating a bloom finish involved dipping a karat gold item into a boiling mixture of hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid), saltpeter (potassium nitrate), salt and water. This process burned off any alloys on the surface resulting in an alloy-free, thin layer of soft, pure gold on the item.
Set with a vibrant round green garnet doublet and tested as such this early piece of jewellery is hollow in design, large at 4.2cm x 3cm (without jump ring) and the jump ring is a good size and will accommodate a decent sized chain.
Stamped to the back with a makers mark and ‘9’ however the makers mark(s) are illegible but 100% Australian.
Green garnet topped doublet
4.2cm x 3cm
Marks are illegible and faint, the this piece was ‘bloomed’ it obscured them
‘9’ is visible and given provenance and series of the three stamps this is an Australian piece
Very very good antique condition. No dents/dings. Blooming is very much there and intact, matte higher gold finish throughout. No chips to garnet topped doublet, well set and secure.
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