Art Nouveau Black Opal Lavalier Pendant
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Photos cannot do this opal justice! This amazing Black Opal weighs nearly 10cts and is imbued with every peacock shade imaginable: deep blues, greens, teals and violets dance within the gem. It is set in this original late Nouveau lavalier made when Australian Black Opals were first being mined in Lightning Ridge. The piece is yellow gold but has a unique acid-washed finish which gives it a darkened patina and a matte finish that was popular at the time. The accent work on the bottom of the piece reminds us of the Egyptian Revival pieces that became popular by the early 1920s, which is when we suspect this piece was crafted. This one is simply stunning on the neckline- a true treasure for its lucky owner.
Details: 14k yellow gold lavalier pendant with 9.85ct oval Australian Black Opal, N2, with intense flagstone and broad-flash pattern of blue, green, and violet hues; circa 1920.
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