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C1930 "School of Rhoda Wager" 9ct gold Brooch with White Cliffs Opal Doublet.. Mystery Solved thanks to KiwiPaul

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    Posted 5 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    Hello everyone.

    Pretty excited.... this gorgeous brooch arrived today.

    It is hallmarked 9ct gold with a beautiful opal.

    The brooch itself is one & a half inches long. The opal is 18mm long x 10mm wide. The seller listed as a solid opal.....I am not sure....also the type of opal it is was not listed. (bought for bargain price $124.00)

    I have looked through all of KiwiPauls beautiful opals.....but I just don't know!!!! I hope he will stop by and have a look......

    Had no idea opals were so difficult to photograph....hope you can see these photos well enough to enjoy this brooch.

    Thanks, Judy

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    Comments

    1. Caperkid, 5 years ago
      The colors are beautiful.
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much for your great comment and for the love Caperkid......really appreciate your support !!
    3. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Wooooh! Judy!

      Beautiful treat for yourself :-))
      The mount is superb, as your opal pics!

      From the high shine of the upper part of the opal, I suspect it is a triplet, with opal potch under a nice opal slice and crystal upper layer.
      Will see Paul's opinion :-)

      Interesting link here:

      How to identify an opal triplet - Black Opal Direct
      http://blackopaldirect.com/blog/how-to-identify-opal-triplet/
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Pascale, I think I had been watching it for over a week and there wasn't much interest in it so I swooped. I love the setting too, which surely would come under the Arts and Crafts period and Australian made as well!! Will probably never know the maker, but that's ok, I just love it!
      Opals are really so hard to identify aren't they....thank you for your thoughts and the link, very interesting......and very hard to see anything they describe with the way it has been set I think! I certainly won't be disappointed if it turns out to be a triplet, I just love it! Thanks again.
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much vetraio50, ozmarty, kyratango, brunswick, Nicefice and jscott0363 for taking the time to look and love.....it is really appreciated!!!
    6. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 5 years ago
      Lovely piece, I see you have a passion for opals. I have to agree with kyra, the mount is beautiful.
    7. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Right, as the stone is mounted, you can't see the edge! These triplets are beautiful too, giving a very nice bright opal color :-)

      What I love too is the diagonal position of it in the brooch!
    8. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Hi Jean, I think I am getting a passion for them now .....thanks very much for your nice comment and for the love.....always appreciated!
    9. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Gobsmacked! I saw the thumbnail and got so excited!
      I think it's fantastic you have this piece of jewellery to go with your other Aussie pieces. Isn't the metalwork wonderful!! Opal looks a nice lightning ridge to me, but I'm sure as hell no opal expert. Solid, triplet, doublet? Does look like it has a top on it.
    10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Karen, lovely of you to be so excited for me....I really do appreciate that you are.....such a great comment!! and it is beautiful whichever way the penny drops! Thanks for the love too!
    11. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hi Tassie, great brooch! This will be a quality White Cliffs doublet, with a backing of opal potch, circa early 1900's. You can see a similar one here: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/166784

      You got a bargain!
    12. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hi Tassie, looking at it again, and noticing the little flowers, I'm now thinking School of Rhoda Wager, circa 1930's. I think Jewels1900 has pointed out pieces on CW with similar designs by an unknown Sydney jeweller around that time.

      There was a resurgence of White Cliffs opal in the 1930's, I talked about it here: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/165795
    13. martika martika, 5 years ago
      I'm envious! Your brooch is stunning!
    14. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Hi Kiwi, thanks so much for having a look......your ability to identify is just wonderful.
      I had looked at both those links and read all your great descriptions.......but didn't dare to hope that it would be White Cliffs, and if it was, was it the early period or the 3os.....
      I agree about it being "School of Rhoda Wager".....it just has that look doesn't it. I am sure you are right with the 1930's .......from what I can tell, the hinge would be correct for that time. Just checked the hinge on another "school of" that I haven't posted yet that is the same and it is dated 1930s to 40's. Also checked the hinges on the earlier Colonial/Goldfields pieces and they are totally different. So 1930s School of Rhoda Wager White Cliffs Opal Brooch it is!!!!!

      Very happy with that result Kiwi and can't thank you enough for taking the time to help me here, and for all the terrific detailed information you have with each of your posts and your willingness to pass on your knowledge.
      Mystery Solved!!!!


    15. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      EZa, pops52 , nutsabotas6 , AmatoorPikr, aura.....thank you all for the love....it is very much appreciated!!!

      Martika.....thanks for the lovely comment and for ticking the love......I do appreciate it very much!!
    16. lentilka11, 5 years ago
      Stunning!
    17. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much lentilka11......so glad you think so.....I do too!
    18. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 5 years ago
      An exciting little piece which has a lot of quality going for it, beautful !~
    19. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      PhilDMorris....thank you so much for your wonderful comment, the love and your interest.....it is very kindly appreciated!
    20. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much Toni1969 and BelleEpoque...really appreciate you taking the time to look and love!!!!
    21. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Sean for the love, really do appreciate it!
    22. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much davyd286. I really appreciate you taking the time to look and like my brooch!
    23. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Many thanks thegatherer, really appreciate you taking the time to look and love!!!
    24. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks ho2cultcha...really do appreciate the love!
    25. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Vintageforever , thank so much for the love!
    26. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      OneGoodFind and subi450, thanks very much to you both for taking the time to look and love.....really appreciated!
    27. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Really appreciate the love Nevada, thank you!!
    28. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much freiheit and Pebble for the love, it is really appreciated!
    29. Gillian, 5 years ago
      What a beautiful setting this has. I know absolutely nothing about opals, only that I think they're very breakable? A lovely brooch.
    30. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Beautiful piece, and that opal is to die for! Thanks for sharing this, Judy. :)
    31. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Gillian for the lovely comment!! Not sure about very breakable, but I am really, really careful with all my jewellery just in case.......Glad you appreciate this brooch, thanks!
    32. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Hi Katherine, it is really lovely isn't it......thank you!! I was very excited to get it.
      Love to have your comments, thank you!
    33. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      And nearly forgot, appreciate the love too!!
    34. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Melanie, Bananapeel and Celiene, thanks everyone for the love, very much appreciated!!
    35. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      bijoucaillouvintage, thanks so much for taking the time to look and love, very much appreciated!
    36. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      JImam and Bananapeel, thanks very much, appreciate the love!
    37. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much Lamplover and Roddy for the love, very much appreciated!!
    38. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Bijou, thank you!
    39. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love Twistedvintage :-)
    40. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Many thanks for the love Lisa, very much appreciated:-)
    41. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Always appreciate the love Tigra, thank you :-)
    42. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks so very much Gillian for taking the time to look and love :-) )
    43. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thank you Jenni, very glad you found this one to love! The beauty of it still amazes me :-)
    44. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      What a beauty!

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