I was so charmed by an Art Nouveau kangaroo brooch we recently acquired (and sold in a twinkling) that I decided to see if it was possible to get anything like it without going to Australia. Well, a source in Scotland found this treasure! It not only features a wonderfully whimsical kanga, but is crafted from rose gold set with a genuine sea pearl and a nicely faceted ruby or red spinel.
No doubt this was a cherished memento of a visit Down Under about 100 years ago. It was sold to us as Edwardian, but could as easily be Late Victorian. Given its dainty size, about 1" x 3/4", it would have been crafted for a young lady. Large jewelry was considered vulgar on unmarried women in those days. All fittings are original and perfectly right for the dating - notice the open C clasp and elongated pinstem - and rose gold was the most fashionable of metals circa 1900. Condition, as you see, is absolutely brilliant.
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