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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (west, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1770 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Opaline and colourless pastes (glass) set in silver

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Dame Joan Evans

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 14, shelf A, box 3

Physical description

Circular button, opaline and colourless pastes set in silver. Part of a set of six

Place of Origin

Europe (west, made)


ca. 1770 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Opaline and colourless pastes (glass) set in silver


Depth: 1.33 cm, Diameter: 3.35 cm

Object history note

From M.154L, M-1975 Public Access Description - Very sophisticated imitation jewellery was made in Europe in the 18th century. It was sold by many of the leading jewellers. Before Australian opals became accessible, the opal was a rare stone. Here its shimmering beauty was achieved by setting a pink foil beneath a milky blue glass. Clare Phillips, 18/02/2003.

Descriptive line

Circular button, silver set with opaline and colourless pastes, made in Western Europe, about 1770


Paste (glass); Silver


Jewellery; Fashion; Metalwork; Accessories; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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