Victorian Revival 14kt Boulder Opal Drop Earrings
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!
Absolutely exquisite Victorian Revival natural boulder opal drop earrings from the late Art Deco (ca1930s) era! These stunning earrings are crafted in 14kt yellow gold and each adorn a vibrant boulder opal at the center of a decorative setting. The relatively large stones are quite unique, displaying an array of iridescent colors that are contained within a rich brown iron matrix base. The lustrous properties appear as swirls of shimmery color within the surrounding deep brown matrix, creating quite an eye-catching contrast. The stones are framed by a dramatic scalloped multi-prong setting which is encircled by twisted gold wirework. The earrings hang from a simple gold leverback wire which is stamped "14K" along the back. Perfect for the opal lover, they look marvelous when worn and would make a beautiful addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 1" long (from the top of the wire to the base), measures 3/4" wide, and 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no other apparent damage to the gold setting, earring wires, or boulder opal cabochons, which are secure and intact.