Gorgeous antique opal lavaliere necklace
Beautifully designed; this necklace is hand crafted in 15ct gold
To the top a fabulous round opal with a double knife edge drop suspending another opal
The opals are particularly colourful, with vibrant flashes of pink, green, red and purple
The stones are on an integral gold chain fastened with a traditional barrel clasp
This antique opal lavaliere necklace comes in it’s original red leather presentation box illustrated
This wonderful necklace looks stunning when worn
Pendant Drop 4.3cm (1 5/8″ )
Top opal 5.6mm across bottom opal 7.5mm
Chain length 16.5″ (42 cm)
Weight 3.7 grams.
Central bar stamped 15ct gold
Period circa 1920/30s
In excellent condition.
Comes in it’s original presentation box illustrated
Our ref 23291 For more information please phone Paula on 07949058591
Opal is such a beautiful natural gem
Milky opals were commonly used in late 19th century jewellery when their versatility resulted in a wide assortment of designs such as bangles, set as a line of graduated cabochons with diamonds in between, cluster rings, fringe necklaces and crescent brooches. Superior examples exhibit an attractive play of red, green, and blue colours whilst inferior milky opals are almost completely white with minimal flashes. Milky opals were also set with rubies, emeralds and demantoid garnets in naturalistic designs such as butterflies. Mid-Victorian opals exhibiting a softer play of colour were sometimes set in scrolling gold brooches and necklaces enamelled in royal blue. The traditional birthstone representing October is the opal. There are many types of opal that have different colored base hues including white, red, purple, and black.
Mexican fire opal
These vibrant gems were used in Art Nouveau and Art Deco diamond jewellery. Fire opal is usually deficient of any play of colour but exhibits a singular shade of translucent mid to deep orangey – red.