Featured Odd silver brooch, please help!

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Simona Buhus, Jul 9, 2024.

  1. Simona Buhus

    Simona Buhus Well-Known Member

    Good evening,
    Got this brooch in an antique market, I wonder what does it depicts. It is Signed AJ @Any Jewelry , could it be your initials?
    Made of silver 800 most likely.
    Thank you.
    Kind regards,

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  2. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

    Heh, AJ will definitely know, and I know because of her...

  3. DragonflyWink

    DragonflyWink Well-Known Member

  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

  5. Simona Buhus

    Simona Buhus Well-Known Member

  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Not mine, but as Cheryl said, I'll know because of my (Indonesian interest/background).;)
    It is an orchid brooch, made in Kota Gede, the silver town of Yogyakarta/Djokjakarta, in Central Java, Indonesia. Usually referred to as Djokja silver or Yogya silver.
    The motifs on the orchid, and on other Djokja silver, are very old Javanese motifs, some of them inspired by Hindu temple decorations.
    AJ is one of the known workshops, but the name of the owner is not known. Time frame is likely 1930s-1950s.

    The "lucky amulet" part of the ebay listing is nonsense. Some people think that everything Asian is an amulet, etc etc. It is simply a nice brooch, made mostly for the Indo-European and European market. I have one as well.:)
    Could be. The Djokja fineness ranges from 800-950. I can read 8, but after that is a mystery to me.

    Djokja fineness differs because pieces were often made from silver the customer brought in.
    DeAnne, kyratango, bercrystal and 7 others like this.
  7. alynnfin

    alynnfin Well-Known Member

    You all are such a wealth of knowledge on even the most obscure items. Amazing.
    bercrystal, Any Jewelry and Bronwen like this.
  8. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    We are a perfect lot of joolies, as a team we can usually find what's what.:playful:
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