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Posted 3 years ago


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This is a large and eye-catching piece. The main section is 70mm high and the opal is 2o x 15mm, estimated at about 12cts.

The high domed opal is probably from the early days of Lightning Ridge. Only a small percentage of opal from The Ridge is black, and there's plenty of white opal like this.

I confidently attribute this necklace to The Artificers' Guild Ltd (more info below) based on the half oval joining rings with little silver dots on the ends, these are seen on several Artificers' Guild pieces.

The Artificers' Guild Ltd was founded in 1901 by metalworker and enamellist Nelson Dawson. In 1903 it was bought out by Montague Fordham (ex director of Birmingham Guild of Handicrafts). He set it on a more commercial footing producing furnishings, metalwork and jewellery.

Fordham promoted Edward Spencer, previously Dawson's principal designer, as director of the Guild's workshop in Hammersmith. Sales were through the Montague Fordham Gallery in Maddox Street where the works of John Paul Cooper, Henry Wilson and May Morris (daughter of William Morris) were already available. After WWI the showroom moved to 4 Conduit Street, off Regent Street.

As well as Dawson and Spencer, the main jewellery designers were John Bonnor, John Paul Cooper, E. Minns and Henry Wilson.

Edward Spencer died in 1938, and the firm was wound up in 1942.


  1. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Fantastic! Is it the original box? A retailer name on it?
    And I love too your Hei Tiki pounamu profile pic, high quality in all points :-)
  2. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 3 years ago
    Hey Kyratango, I don't think that jewellery case is the original one, however it is a nice fit.

    Glad you like the tiki. He looks like some crazy guy going through withdrawals because he has not found any treasure this week. Under his breath I hear him muttering, "Precious, precious, precious, oh my Precious!"
  3. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    For the box, I thought too not original because of different print on the velvet!
    Empty old boxes like this one are always good to buy when not too expensive...

    Lol for your interpretation of the Tiki' face :-D
  4. BelleEpoque BelleEpoque, 3 years ago
    It's breathtaking!
  5. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
    Kiwipaul, just posted my freshly arrived moonstone necklace, I would be very glad to get your advice on possible maker!
  6. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 3 years ago
    compliments and thanks for sharing it with us

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