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Antique turquoise and pearl brooch by Duggin Shappere and Co

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Antique turquoise and pearl brooch by Duggin Shappere and Co

This antique brooch was made in 9 carat rose gold. The colour of gold can be altered by adding various other allows to the gold such as copper to produce a rose gold or pink gold. While often thought of as the same, today much of the rose gold has actually quite a strong pink colour as opposed to a more softer and somewhat warm tone of the earlier rose gold.

A brief history on Duggin, Shappere & Co

Duggin Shappere and Co were one of Australia’s most prolific and famous jewellery firms starting in Melbourne in 1896. Founded by H Duggin and P Shappere became well known for Australian themed jewellery as well as other high end pieces set with diamonds and opals among other precious gemstones. The Great Depression took a toll on this prestigious Australian company, and they closed their doors in 1929, however in their brief time, they produced highly collectable jewellery that is so sought after today. Their jewellery was marked with an anchor symbol.

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