Willis was one of Australia’s most prolific and famous jeweller that started business in 1858 and here is a magnificent antique opal brooch made by Willis around 1900.
Made in 15ct gold, the brooch is made in the form of a crescent moon and a sword which was a popular design from the Victorian times and as can be seen here should not be confused with the similar motif with a (curved) scimitar sword.
Set into the sword and the crescent moon are a total of 28 solid Australian opals that are all so well matched for colour and really make this antique brooch stand out.
From one end to the other, this brooch measures an incredible 8cm in length by 2.5cm at its widest point and will stand out so elegantly on any outfit.
Early Australian jewellery is becoming so sought after and prized and to get a piece that is not only stamped by its maker, but by Willis, and combined with the length, form and amount of natural Australian opals, all go to make this a wonderful piece of early Australian jewellery by one of Australia’s most famous jeweller.