Brooch in the form of a heart in gold with opal

Opals Information and History

Price guide to antique and vintage opal brooches. Opal is one of the most fascinating gemstones due to it’s rich play of colours. The name comes from the Indian Sanskrit word ‘upala’ for precious stone.

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Platinum and Diamond Brooch, France

Platinum Diamond Brooches

Price guide to antique and vintage platinum and diamond brooches. 

Archaeologists have discovered traces of platinum in the gold used in ancient Egyptian burials as early as 1200 BC. However, the extent of early Egyptians’ knowledge of the metal is unclear. It is quite possible they did not recognize there was platinum in their gold.

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A Roman gold and glass cameo brooch Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.

Roman Cameos

During the Roman period the cameo technique was used on glass blanks, in imitation of objects being produced in agate or sardonyx. Cameo glass objects were produced in two periods; between around 25 BC and 50/60 AD, and in the later Empire around the mid-third and mid-fourth century.

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