A Late Victorian Opal And Diamond Bangle
Jewellery Sector: Fine & High Jewellery
Curated By: Joanna Hardy
Main Material: Yellow gold
Period: 19th Century
Condition Report: Good
A late Victorian opal and diamond bangle, consisting of nine oval cabochon-cut opals, vertically-set with two small old-cut diamonds in-between and diamond-set trefoil finials, all claw-set in 15ct yellow gold mount with pierced gallery, with a hidden clasp and safety chain, unmarked, circa 1890, accompanied by original case.
Opals have long been linked to supernatural phenomenon, and during the Black Death it was said that just before the sick died, an opal nearby flashes and then turned dull. They were particularly popular in Victorian Europe, following the arrival of the first opals from Australia in the late 1880s. Major fashion houses incorporated them into their jewellery designs and much of the late Victorian jewellery we see today contains opal.
Joanna Hardy says: “These opals have a strong pastel colour, which reminds me of spring. You should be careful while wearing it, because opals can easily scratch. A jewel for a special occasion.”
Materials & Features
Metal: 15ct yellow gold
Gemstone: Opal, Diamond
Stone Cut: Oval cabochon-cut opals, old-cut diamonds
Measurements: the head of bangle measuring 6.5 x 0.7cm, the inner diameter is approximately 5.8cm
Origin: United Kingdom
Condition Report: Good condition, wear commensurate with age
Seller ID: BSAFJ
Item Location: London, United Kingdom
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