Threads of connection
HR101/12-1:3. Detail view of an Egyptian-revival necklace in the form of a long serpentine silver rope chain set with turquoise glass scarabs and faux pearls. It has lengths of serpentine silver rope chain alternating between paired claw set glass scarabs and wire strung single faux pearls. The stylised glass scarabs are moulded and highlighted with gilt. The necklace is broken into three sections but is complete with the exception of one missing scarab and one missing pearl. Two pearls are damaged, one is scarab chipped and all are loose in their settings. Maker unknown, no maker’s mark, early 20th century. The Hamilton Rouse Hill Trust Collection, courtesy of the Historic Houses Trust, Photograph (c) Jamie North

Baubles, brooches & beads

We wear jewellery as articles of dress and fashion  and for sentimental reasons – as tokens of love, as symbols of mourning, as souvenirs of travel. Across the collections of Sydney Living Museums we find jewellery bought and worn for all these reasons, including an Irish parure composed of Irish harps and shamrocks from Rouse Hill House, a gold ring set with ruby and pearls from Vaucluse House, a cloisonné enamel brooch from Meroogal and a brooch found in the archaeology of Hyde Park Barracks. Also from the archaeology is a fragmented set of blue glass beads, not jewellery but a rosary.

Bessie Buchanan’s Irish parure
Bessie Buchanan’s medallion necklace
Bessie Rouse’s star and crescent moon brooch
Elizabeth Buchanan’s buckle and strap bracelets
Elizabeth Buchanan’s jet beads
Elizabeth Buchanan’s mourning Brooch
Hannah Rouse’s cameo ring
Hannah Rouse’s onyx brooch
Helen Macgregor’s brooch
Jessie Thorburn’s brooch
Kathleen Rouse’s scarab necklace
Maggie Macgregor’s shell necklace
Margaret Catchpole’s ring
Rosary beads
Woman’s brooch