Antique Australian 9ct Rose Gold Nephrite Jade ‘Pounamu’ By Willis & Sons Circa 1905

Amazingly rare piece by one of our finest early Australia jewellery firms Willis and Sons.
Handcrafted from 9ct rose gold and Nephrite Jade sometimes also called Greenstone.
With a chased 9ct cap with Art Nouveau style floral motifs this is a particularly pretty example.
Styled as a **Pounamu, in traditional toki (adze) shape which represents strength and courage,  and capped with hand engraved 9ct gold measuring a lovely 4.4cm excluding jump ring and 1.3cm at its widest point.

History of Pounamu

Pounamu or greenstone are terms for several types of hard and durable stone found in southern New Zealand. They are highly valued in New Zealand, and carvings made from pounamu play an important role in Māori culture. Geologically, pounamu are usually nephrite jade, bowenite, or serpentinite.
With hallmarks for ‘9 W” for Willis and Sons and indicating this piece was made after  1904.
Nephrite Jade
4.4cm x 1.3cm at widest point
4.42 Grams
‘9 W’ For 9ct gold and Willis and Sons
Very good to excellent antique condition.  No chips to Nephrite Jade.  Jump ring appears to not be original but it stable and adequate.  Gold work is lovely and with a nice rosy patina.

Please note box and chain are for display only

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