ANTIQUE AUSTRALIAN ART DECO EMERALD & DIAMOND BROOCH ON 18ct GOLD & PLATINUM BY FAIRFAX & ROBERTS SYDNEY
This beautiful example of Early Art Deco Brooch manufacturing in Sydney by one of our most high end and influential Jewellery companies: Fairfax and Roberts.
With a stunning .33ct Diamond and an Emerald surround centred in a square offset style, featuring millegrain corners on a triangular knife-edge profile bar and closing with a pin & revolver catch fitting.
Beautifully handcrafted c1920 on 18ct White Gold and Platinum, by Fairfax & Roberts (*see below for brief history).
Valuation report from 2017 included ($4,250)
Stones: 1 x .33ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond – G-I colour, SI Clarity
4 x Triangular Cut Emeralds, Medium intensity to mid green colour - .30 tcw
Metal: 18ct White Gold & Platinum
Marks: F&R, Plat, 18ct
Weight: 3.84 grams
Condition: In excellent condition all stones are unabraded and secure minimal signs of wear, clasp in excellent working order
*1836 Sydney had just been declared a city, a young Richard Lamb emigrated from London and established himself as a jeweller and was joined by Alfred Fairfax, of the publishing Fairfax family, together they created Sydney’s first Emporium for fine Silver & watchmaking at 394 George St.
The 1850’s Gold discoveries in Sydney & Melbourne created a boom in jewellery manufacturing, Lamb & Fairfax soon established themselves as a pioneer in the thriving Australian jewellery industry, making important, high end jewellery. Following the death of Richard Lamb in 1976, Alfred Fairfax’s nephew, Barton, joined the business, the duo then partnered with Oscar G Roberts and in 1886 the firm became Fairfax & Roberts, with a new workshop in Hunter Street and an outlet in London, Fairfax & Roberts took it’s place as Australia’s premier jeweller, continuing to operate to this day.