Late Art Deco Sterling Boulder Opal + Seed Pearl Filigree Necklace
Boulder opals are the rarest of all natural opal varieties, comprising only 2% of Australia's total opal population. In terms of value, they are considered second only to the popular Black Opal. The name "Boulder Opal" originates from their natural formation, where they are embedded into large ironstone boulders, often retaining part of their ironstone matrix when mined. Their unique appearance includes vibrant flashes of color enhanced by the ironstone matrix, which often appears as a black, brown, or grey base below the iridescent hues. Historically, opals were believed to bring good luck when given as a gift. In the modern day, they continue to be adored worldwide and are one of the most desirable stones used in fine jewelry!
A gorgeous boulder opal and seed pearl necklace from the late Art Deco (ca1930) era! Crafted in sterling silver, this beautiful piece has an elegant and intricate appearance, comprised of a large pendant which hangs from a lovely and ornate chain. The oval-shaped pendant features an incredible bezel set boulder opal which is encircled by three rows of delicate seed pearls, all riveted and strung on an invisible wire. Five silver floral accents are interspersed within the pearl border and a gorgeous scalloped frame surrounds the pendant which also features a twisted wirework design throughout. The oval-shaped boulder opal has a mesmerizing array of iridescent colors that flash and shimmer within its open back and the pendant is finished with a decorative bail at the top. The intricate chain features delicate oval-shaped links that alternate in size, all formed by two curled hearts and a simple spring ring clasp can be found at the back. A real beauty, this stunning and feminine piece would make a very special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The chain measures 17" long. The pendant centerpiece hangs approximately 1 5/8" long (including the bail) and measures 1" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or chain and all of the pearls and the opal stone are secure and intact. The chain clasp is secure and in great working condition. There is a natural patina found along the surface of the silver, however, it adds richness and depth to the piece and could easily be polished if desired.