Rhoda Wager (1875 - 1953) was a London born jewellery designer who migrated to Fiji in in 1913, and then to Sydney in in 1918. She had studied art in Bristol, and then attended the School of Art, Glasgow from 1897 - 1903 where she studied the Arts & Crafts style, and also exhibited there. She opened premises in Martin Place, adjacent to the major hotels of the day, which supplied much of her clientile, then later moved to Market Street and then Victoria Arcade Chambers. Her jewellery was also sold on consignment by the Sydney department store, Farmer & Co. Where practical, her jewellery was clearly labelled with a silver plate soldered to the back, reading "WAGER" inside a rectangular frame. Rhoda Wagers best known design was of trailing vines, leaves and tiny berries. She retired in 1946.
A Rhoda Wager style opal suite, circa 1920's, comprising necklace, bracelet and earrings, set with opal doublets of good colour in foliate style mount with gum leaf motifs. Signed Curio Shop, 76 (Castlereagh) St. Rose gold and silver
Rhoda Wager (1875-1953) Arts & Crafts opal brooch the oval cabochon opal with silver surround in form of leaves and berries, together with silver and green agate bracelet, both items stamped 'WAGER', (A/F) (2) weight approximately 16 grams
School of Rhoda Wager, Arts & Crafts style opal doublet jewellery suite c.1940's set in 9ct, 14ct and 18ct yellow and rose gold. Consisting of a necklet, brooch and ring. All with matching opal doublets of brilliant opalescence, predominantly red, blue/vio
School of Rhoda Wager, Arts & Crafts style opal doublet jewellery suite, c. 1940's set in 9ct, 14ct and 18ct yellow and rose gold Consisting of a necklet, brooch and ring. All with matching opal doublets of brilliant opalescence, predominantly red, blue/vi
School of Rhoda Wager (NSW) sterling silver Arts & Crafts style ring, c. 1925 with grapevine and leaves decoration with carved large carnelian stone. (Tested sterling) length 3.2 cm. Note similar examples of this jewellery are held in the Powerhouse Museum
An opal doublet gold bracelet in the Rhoda Wager style the five rectangular 9ct gold pierced panels having applied leaf decoration set with three graduated oval opal doublets displaying good play of colour total length 17 cm total weight 23.8gms
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