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 surrounded by or attached to its natural host rock. 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 pendant from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! Originally worn as an antique stick pin, the piece has since been transformed into a stylish pendant, making it a wonderful conversion piece! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, the pendant features an oval-shaped cabochon boulder opal held within a gold bezel and framed by wide gold frame. The opal is smoothly polished into a dome-shaped cabochon and is quite unique, displaying a soft, muted array of iridescent colors that are contained within a light brown sandstone base. The iridescent flecks of shimmery color appear to float within the opal top, its translucence allowing you to see through to the granular stone base, creating an eye-catching contrast. The beautiful stone is framed by a wide gold border which adorns a fine etched pattern carrying around the entire length, perfectly completing the design. The opal is open backed and hangs from a gold bail at the top and a "14K" gold purity mark is stamped on the back. It's a lovely, everyday piece which looks fabulous on and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1" long, is a little less than 1/2" at the widest point, and approximately 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, and the boulder opal is intact. The bail is secure and in excellent working condition.