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Precious Opal and Old European-cut Diamond Pendant Necklace

This antique precious opal and diamond pendant necklace, created in England around 1900, is set in 18K gold. Suspended by a circular tracelink chain, the pendant with detachable bail centers a round cabochon opal with blue and green phenomenon, framed by old European-cut diamond melee and oval cabochon opals interspersed with 3-stone clusters of old European-cut diamonds, suspending a flexibly-set oval opal cabochon. A beautiful delicate jewel of the Edwardian period, this pendant necklace is an exploration of subtle spectral color phenomena and brilliance produced by gemstones and white light.

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Item #: N-20620
Artist: Wilson & Sharp
Country: Edinburgh, UK
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 1.5" length x 0.75" width; Chain 17" length
Materials: 9 cabochon opals (with approximate total weight 8.00 carats); 31 old European-cut diamonds (with approximate total weight .90 carat); 18 karat gold; with fitted original box

Established in 1889, Wilson and Sharp were diamond merchants, goldsmiths and silversmiths located on Princess Street, a fine thoroughfare edged on one side by carriage trade shops, and on the other boasting an extraordinary view of Edinburgh castle set upon basalt cliffs. Two or three generations of Wilsons are thought to have been clock and watch makers in Edinburgh.