Essence of Elegance: Carved Opal Pendant & Original Box
There are individuals who are just naturally gifted with talent and the one who hand carved this solid opal into an unbelievable three-dimensional leaf motif walks among that small group. The superb opal leaf is white with bright flashes of neon blue and electric green. Capped with a finial of engraved 18k white gold topped 18k yellow gold, the leaf has carved veins running through the surface providing a most realistic rendering.
Attached to the original fine link chain is an oval opal cabochon virtually vibrating with hints of fiery orange, charges of vibrant chartreuse green and playful blue which suspends articulated leaf forms set with ten (10) rose cut diamonds and one small old mine cut accent diamond. Accompanied by the original fitted embossed leather case, the cream silk interior reads “Sanford Bros, Jewellers, 3. Holborn Bars, E. C. 1. A superb and rare piece both exquisite and very fine.
Date: Circa 1920.
Measurements: Pendant is 2 inches (5 cm) in length by 7/8 of an inch (2.1 cm) at the widest. Top opal is 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) in length by 5/16 of an inch (0.9 cm) in width. Chain length including top portion of pendant is 16 inches (40.5 cm). Weight including chain is 4.6 grams (2.9 dwt).
Condition: Superb; one tiny bit of edge wear to one area of leaf only visible with a loupe. Box is good to fair with exterior light wear and scratches as expected with age and use; silk flap over the hinge frayed; dust and light dirt to velvet and silk.
Origin: English in origin.
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