Mention black opals and all the room is a’ buzz. Yes, it is true that the finer and larger gems are relatively rare but that is not the whole story. Each of these gorgeous stones is an individual unto itself – no two are alike. Distinctive and enigmatic, each black opal displays a color shifting dappled presentation with a subtle twist or turn.
A magnificent black opal is the focal point of this Edwardian era pendant necklace. Exceptional in virtually every aspect, let us begin with size proportions – 17 mm in length by 11 mm in width by 9 mm in depth. Now carats and bear in mind that a carat is a measure of weight with opals being light compared to diamonds…this opal has a weight of 12 carats (which would be the diamond equivalent of 18 carats or more). We now shift to color – a kaleidoscope of peacock blue and green challenges a cacophony of fireworks of sky blue, neon green, cobalt blue, emerald green and aquamarine.
Perhaps not mesmerizing enough for gentry of the Belle Époque, the opal is suspended from a platinum chain with a four-part platinum bale set with four (4) old European cut and two (2) old single cut diamonds of an estimated total .18 carats all white and shimmering.
Date: Circa 1910.