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Mounted with five gold nuggets and a greenstone Nephrite heart suspended on a chain
Late 19th Century
Size: 5cm wide – 2 ins wide
Great Grandmother of the family and thence by descent
Ex London Private collection
The discoveries of gold on the Clutha River in 1862 proved so extensive that a large settlement sprang up extending for nearly 70 miles along the river banks. The total worth of gold exported from Otago during 1862 amounted to £1,590,000, a huge amount for the time. By 1912 gold to the value of an astonishing £95 million had been produced in New Zealand and gold continued to be mined from the West Coast and Otago fields until after the Second World War.