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Antique natural pearl brooch made by Alfred Lorking

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Antique natural pearl brooch made by Alfred Lorking

Alfred Lorking (1825-1883) was a jeweller who was making jewellery in his premises at 165 George Street Sydney for a relatively short period from 1853 to 1859. His work is quite distinct and large incorporating both Australian flora as well as natural pearls. These pearls would have originated from either Shark Bay in Western Australia or Moreton Bay in Queensland. After research, we believe that the pearls in this brooch would be from Moreton Bay as the Shark Bay pearls (Pinctada Alibina) were harvested from the 1850’s and peaked in the 1870’s and Moreton Bay pearls (Pinctada Saccostrea) although used in jewellery a few years before, became a major source of natural pearls in the 1850’s when Alfred Lorking was making jewellery.

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