Gorgeous antique Edwardian Opal Necklace
Beautifully designed this necklace is hand crafted in 15ct gold
To the top a fabulous round opal with a knife edge drop suspending another pear shaped opal
The opals are particularly colourful, with vibrant flashes of orange, green, yellow, blue and purple
The stones are on an integral trace link chain fastened with a traditional barrel clasp
This wonderful necklace looks stunning when worn
- Pendant Drop 4cm (1 5/8″ )
- Round opal 4.5mm across Bottom opal 15mm x 8mm
- Chain length 15.5″ (36 cm)
- Weight 2.7 grams.
- Tests 15ct gold
- Period circa 1910
- In excellent original condition.
- Comes in presentation box illustrated
- Our ref: 23235
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.
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.
Opal October Birthstone
Opal is the birthstone for people born in October and is one of the stones associated with Libra’s zodiac sign (Sept 21 to Oct 22).
Libras are usually cooperative, diplomatic people who tend to be very fair-minded and socially responsible.
Opal can help to amplify these strengths in Librans and also to mitigate tendencies towards self-pity and indecisiveness in people born under this star sign.