An opal and gold brooch, the oval solid black opal claw set in a scalloped gallery 15ct gold brooch
scallop / shell motif. As the scallop shell is symetrically proportioned, it has been used as the basis of a shell design on all types of furniture and decorative arts from the 17th century onwards. Scalloped edges or ridges refers to a wavy pattern reminiscent of the edge of a scallop's shell, sometimes seen on ceramics.
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