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Boulder Opal and Multi-Color Garnet Necklace


This three-tiered antique gold necklace is both elegant and original, with multiple chains and swags that make up a draping fringe, suspending a rare variety of boulder opal beads. A favorite of Art Nouveau jewelers exploring phenomena of light, the boulder opal displays a mysterious play-of-color enhanced by its base of rich ironstone. The hot spectral colors of boulder opals are echoed in the small pools of glittering orange tangerine, vibrant pink, and yellow-green fire provided by the garnets. Flexibly modeled to drape over the neck and collarbone, this jewel—by an unknown maker—is a beautiful fusion of artistic vision and nature.


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Item #: N-19321
Circa: 1900-1910
Size: 15” interior length
Materials: 35 Teardrop cabochon boulder opals; 45 Round-cut orange garnets; 46 Round-cut pink garnets; 4 Round-cut demantoid garnets; 14K Gold

Mined in Queensland, Australia, boulder opal is beloved for the exotic and abstract patterning that lends it a unique visual texture, in addition to its exceptional play-of-color.