Black & White with a Twist - Opal Pendant
The ultimate in a play of fire and light brings together the rare black opal with its white mate in an Edwardian pendant. Transcendent in its beauty, this jewel could easily find itself at home within an ancient Indian statue of a deity or upon the swanlike neck of a member of the British royal family.
In the form of a stylized multi-petal flower four black opals (of 2.50 carats) with bolts of blue and red throughout alternate with four beautifully white opals (3.9 carats) that flash with rolls of green, yellow and orange are set around a large black opal of 2.25 carats.
Full of light and color, all of the lustrous gems are set within an 18k yellow gold coronet mount – a type of mount with many claws or prongs which have been sawed with contours that form a crown and pushed over the top of the gem. Ornate and elegant, the yellow gold open back setting is the perfect companion for the opals that have a total estimate carat weight of 8.65 carats. For an added touch of glamour, the original bale is set with an accent cushion cut diamond.
Measurements: 1-3/4 of an inch (4.5 cm) in length by 1-1/16 of an inch (2.7 cm) in width. This antique pendant has a weight of 4.4 grams (2.8 dwt).
Date: Circa 1910
Overall Scale: Small to medium
Note: All gemstone are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.