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Enameled_Bee…'s loves182 of 187Dorrie Nossiter Bracelet and EarringsLarge early 20th century paste, enamel, silver dragonfly brooch.
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    Posted 4 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    Hello everyone.

    A recent purchase from Ebay, listed as opal and filigree brooch. Got it for the opening bid of $125.00....very happy with that!!

    Have searched everywhere I can think of to find anything like this pattern of not really "leaves"....look a bit like hearts I think on some areas. I think it would have to be Arts and Crafts 1930s or so....maker unknown as usual lol!!! Perhaps Jean or Jewels1900 or Paul or anyone else might recognize the pattern.

    I am guessing the opal may be a Whitecliffs one with that streaky looking back.....like my other brooch. Hopefully Kiwipaul might come by and have a look.

    The whole brooch top to bottom measures two and a half inches.
    The opal measures approx half an inch wide.

    I think it is really beautiful, hope you do too. Thanks, Judy
    UPDATE: White Cliffs Doublet confirmed by Kiwipaul.

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    1. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      Ohhhh, what a beauty, I love everything about it. In my opinion it looks to be Australian, with the opal and the leave and frame work.What a wonderful buy. I'm sure you'll get some answers, Judy.
    2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 4 years ago
      You never know it could be Rhoda or Dorothy Wager. I supposed it's not marked?
    3. martika martika, 4 years ago
      It looks stunning!!!
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Hi Jean, thank you....glad you love it, and think it is Australian!!
      No marks at all that I could see unfortunately!!! We have so many unknown maker's between us all don't we, and probably still more out there to be had!!!
      Thanks for the lovely comment and do really appreciate your help Jean!
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thank you Martika for the lovely comment, I really do appreciate it and yes, it's pretty special I think!!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      Very beautiful Judy and great find from Ebay!
      I hope those who know can help with attribution. It's a beautiful opal and lovely silver work!
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks Karen....I couldn't believe no one else was interested in it......so lucky!
      Yes, such a lot of work goes into these pieces, a shame that the maker's can't be recognized for their efforts!!
    8. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Wooooh, Judy! Incredible bargain find! The opal is so colorful! And consequent size :-)
      You may check the opal setting, it appear to be a gap beetween stone and silver.
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Hi Kyra, thank you. yes it has got beautiful colours.
      Thanks for reminding me of the link you gave me for the triplet. Just found my magnifying glass with the really bright light built into it and have been peering into those gaps.......have almost gone blind lol!! Still not sure what I am looking for though. When they say a dome over the top do they mean an actual dome shape?? because this opal feels as flat as a tack!!
    10. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Judy, I was not thinking a triplet, but the security of the setting :-)
      Having never handled a triplet, I can't say how high is their dome... only it must look like a cabochon.
    11. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Pascale thank goodness you are on the ball!!! I didn't even think that it might not be secure!!!! And I haven't handled enough to know anything about opals LOL.
      I really do appreciate your help though, thank you!!!
      I was just watching your new puppies!!!! How cute are they!!! What type are they??
    12. fleafinder fleafinder, 4 years ago
      dear tas.. if you dont mind whats filigree?
    13. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      You're very welcome Judy!
      Puppies are short-haired pointer mix, 9 weeks old now :-)
    14. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Fleafinder, these are filigree brooches that Martika has, nothing like mine....that was just what the seller called mine.

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/costume-jewelry/pins-brooches
    15. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thank you Thomas, always appreciated!
    16. nutsabotas6 nutsabotas6, 4 years ago
      Absolutely Beautiful!!
    17. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thank you Ken, your lovely comments are always really appreciated!!
    18. fleafinder fleafinder, 4 years ago
      oh i see! love the opal:)))))
    19. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks Fleafinder!
    20. IVAN49 IVAN49, 4 years ago
      A benevolent remark: search for the difference between solid opal, doublet and triplet opals. Doublets and triplets are dark in body tone because they have a black artificial backing to create the impression of ``fire opal``. In doublets one of the layers is very thin slice of opal attached to the dark artificial backing. It`s difficult to tell when the opal is fully set, i.e. closed within the setting and its sides cannot be examined for distinct visible 'layers'. The rule of thumb: never buy opals with dark backing, real opal should be transparent.
    21. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Hello Ivan, thanks very much for your advice and information. I really appreciate you taking the time to explain these opals to me....I find them very confusing as I haven't seen or handled enough to be confident with them at all! Be assured though that I will continue to try to learn!

      Thanks again for your help. Kind regards, Judy
    22. IVAN49 IVAN49, 4 years ago
      Take a look here. (Zoom in the image). Note how transparent opals are.
      http://www.abrimagery.com/store/product_info.php/polished-white-gilson-fusing-opal-p-2356?osCsid=ce1e868fde0660c8f9312101aa3e834d
      Cheers and good luck.
    23. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Ivan, Gilson opals are another area...synthetic...
    24. IVAN49 IVAN49, 4 years ago
      Could not find better example to show the transparency. Sellers of jewelry seldom take images from different angles.
    25. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Many thanks Jean, Martika, Pascale, Scott, Thomas, Bonnie, Fleafinder, Caperkid, Manikin, Fortapache, Aura, Vetraio and Nevada for taking the time to look and love, I really do appreciate it!!
    26. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Many thanks Sean for the love, always appreciated!
    27. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Vintageforever, thank you!
    28. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Valentino, thank you!
    29. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 4 years ago
      Hi Tassie, a great score at the at price.

      Yes definitely a doublet, the flat top and splotchy backing of opal potch is the give away. I'd say 1930's White Cliffs opal, similar to this: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/165795

      I've seen those intricate wire-work pieces before, it's very effective, from one of the unknown Australian Arts & Crafts silversmiths, probably from Sydney circa 1930's to 40's.
    30. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Hi Kiwi, thanks very much for the confirmation on the opal and time frame. Very happy to have two White Cliffs opals now!!
      I really like these pieces, so much work goes into them!! Such a pity the maker has to go unknown .......
      Thanks again, really appreciate your help.
    31. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love Betty!
    32. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Vintagelamp and Lee, thank you both very much!
    33. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 4 years ago
      Hi Tassie, agree with Paul, probably from the 40's. Not Wager but still very nice work.

      I've seen this heart shaped leaf before but don't know who made it.
    34. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Hi Jewels, thanks very much for stopping by to have a look, really appreciated!
    35. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Many thanks popsKen, Manikin and Arlette for taking the time to look and love!
    36. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love OneGoodFind, thank you very much!
    37. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Fantastic!
    38. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Toni1969, appreciate the love, thank you!

      Elizabethan, thanks so much for the great comment and thank you kindly for the love too!! It is really appreciated!!
    39. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      BelleEpoque and Mikelv thank you both for the love, really appreciated!
    40. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love lisali1919, thank you very much!
    41. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      kivatinitz and JImam, thanks both very much for the love!!
    42. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Bonnie, thank you!!
    43. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      EBeetle and Bijou, thanks very much to you both for the love, very much appreciated!
    44. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love terihanson, thank you!
    45. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Appreciate the love Pascale and Jenni, thanks to you both:-)

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