Incredible Opal Specimen Pendant, 14k Diamond Setting
This opal is absolutely spellbinding! The stone is so incredible in fact that it's no wonder a skilled jeweler devoted their time to handcraft this stunning 14k and diamond mounting to support it. As can be seen in the photos, there is a magnificent range of fiery colors with pink, lavender, green and yellow being the most predominant shades. And it's the vibrance of the colors indeed that make this whole piece so captivating! From every angle they are bright and explosive and quite easily explain why the term "fire" is used to describe their effect. The butterfly wing-like shape of the stone clearly determined the overall shape of the mounting which itself is something of a work of art! The way the jeweler used the regularity of the 36 brilliant cut diamonds in an organic and varied arrangement creates a wonderful juxtaposition. The back of the mounting exposes the natural stone surface of the opal and is fitted with a shallow bale at the top as well as a pin mechanism which allows you the option of wearing it as a brooch. Near the bale are two hallmarks (14k and 585) which refer to the gold content. The measurement of the opal is 30mm top to bottom and approximately 23mm at the widest point with an average thickness of 5 to 5.5mm. The diamonds are perfectly matched throughout and total approximately 1.10ct In conclusion, this is simply a remarkable piece of jewelry and most certainly the only one to exist!