T. T. JONES & SON
George Street, Sydney
T.T. Jones and Son, Goldsmiths and Watchmakers, have an extensive establishment in George-street.–-The business is an offshoot of the old firm of T. Jones, of Ludgate Hill, London, and was started in 1853 by the present senior partner, Mr. T. T. Jones. A leading feature of the firm is the manufacture of Masonic jewels and regalia, which are turned out on the premises equal in excellence to anything to be obtained in London; in fact, it is not uncommon for the firm to receive orders from the great metropolis of the world. Some exceedingly fine silver plate is manufactured, besides which all the work of a gold and silversmith, watchmaker, and manufacturing jeweller is carried out by twenty-five or thirty hands–in strange contrast with the time when the business occupied the attention of but one. Mr. G. T. Jones, who has lived in Sydney from the age of two years, was educated at the Grammar School, and now conducts the business.
Source: The Aldine Centennial History of New South Wales - W. Frederic Morrison - 1888
The number of diamonds found in New South Wales up to the 31st December, 1872, was estimated at between 5,000 and 6,000, the largest having been one of 5 3/4 carats, and the smallest one tenth of a grain. The average weight is about one grain. Opals, rubies, topaz, and other gems have been found in many parts of the Colony. The Sydney Morning Herald, February, 1873, reports:–
In the beginning of this year, also, there have been exhibited at the Bank of New South Wales, Sydney, a package of 375 diamonds, recently found at the Bingera diggings. Of the character of the stones there can be no doubt; they are one and all true diamonds, but their commercial value is trifling. With one exception, they are of small size, the bulk "off coloured," and many of them little better than "cleavage." Amongst them are a few octahedrons of good water. The largest stone is of irregular shape, fractured at one end, and flawed internally. They certainly prove that diamonds exist in the northern districts; and where those were found, larger and finer stones may yet turn up.
Queensland has not long retained the honor of being the only opal-producing Colony in Australia. We have not to go away from home to find a mine of that description. Any person who is dubious upon the point should pay a visit to Mr. Jones, jeweller, George-street, where there are now on exhibition a number of cut and uncut opals, and about twenty pieces of clayporphyry, sparkling with these gems in the matrix. Amongst the polished stones are some of the harlequin class. These are of a lighter colour than the Queensland stones previously exhibited at the same establishment, which had the peculiar tinge which scientists attribute to the presence of oxide of iron, and is the rarest variety. The New South Wales mine ii situated at Rocky Bridge Creek, New Abercrombie River, and is the property of Messrs. Emanuel and Magennis.
Source: New South Wales: The Oldest and Richest of the Australian Colonies - Charles Robinson - 1873