Saved from the melting pot, this distinct early Australian 19th century piece was once rendered to a bar pin and since been converted to a chic slider pendant.
An important piece of early Australian jewellery, this Petite pendant dates from the 1870's, the ornate design so typically emerging following the Australian Gold Rush era (c1851).
The dainty tear shaped design features leaf and tendril motifs, and a natural ruby gemstone embellishes the centre of the flower motif. Characteristic of the Australian Goldfields jewellery is the highly textured three-dimensional naturalism design, emulating real life Australian-esque flora. A later addition is the half loop to the back of the piece, allowing for a streamline look on the neckline
The pendant tests 18ct gold or above, the later loop attachment is 9ct gold. Petite in size the pendant measures 1.90cm height and 1.30cm wide
A beautiful antique ruby pendant, packed with oodles of early Australian history!