Sadly not all jewellery comes with a provenance or history so one can only sometimes speculate to particular pieces origins.
This quite lovely Arts & Crafts Sterling silver Moonstone necklace is almost certainly Australian in manufacture (we know that much) and would date to the Arts & Crafts era or thereabouts.
**The history of Australian jewellery of this era is long and varied however in short one of our well known craftswoman was Rhoda Wager 1917-1946.
Her jewellery was almost always signed and this piece is not, however in in 1928 her niece - Dorothy Wager - joined Rhoda to be trained in jewellery making, and joined the Society of Arts and Crafts in 1931 as a student member.
At the 1932 and 1933 Exhibitions of the Society her work was shown as designed by Rhoda Wager and bade by Dorothy. Exhibiting some 37 pieces of jewellery in 1938 in her own right and she then set up her studio at 147 King Street Sunday in 1939 .
Unlike her aunt Rhoda Wager her pieces were never signed**
We cannot positively attribute this necklace (or the matching earrings also available) however if not by Dorothy Wager, most certainly another fine early craftsman or craftswoman.
Hand manufactured from Sterling silver throughout with five main segments centred each with a Moonstone surrounded in grape and leaf design. Each moonstone is set in a rub over style with micro mill grain edging.
A further nine articulated segments form the chain and the closure is typical or the era with a twist hook and eyelet clasp.
Arching beautifully around the neck the necklace measures 37 cm in length.
A collectors dream to say the least.
Widest segment 2.5cm a 1.5cm
Very very good vintage condition. Moonstones have no chips or damage. The two to either end exhibit a nice blue schiller, the three central ones a slight cats eye effect. Lovely early handcrafted necklace.