Of Frogs, Gold Bracelets, Opals, Ladies and Queens

Published The Australiana Journal, May 2018 Vol 4 No 2

This bracelet of cast and chased colonial gold and Queensland opal is unique in the corpus of Australian gold jewellery. The cast decoration reflects the colony of Queensland – the coral and sea shells of the Great Barrier Reef, the tree fern and the Queensland Tree Frog. These frogs are a feature of the Barcoo River where the opal miner William Herbert Bond pegged his claim in 1875.

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