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Antique Opal Festoon Necklace


This elegant antique festoon necklace dating from circa 1900 is composed of precious white opal cabochons mounted in 18K gold. A beautiful period interpretation of an 18th century form, this soft and flexible necklace of overlapping trace link chain festoons combines warm gold with the mysterious fascination and flashing orange phenomenon of precious opal. 

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Item #: N-20201
Circa: 1900-1910
Size:  14.50” length
Materials: 6 oval cabochon precious opals (approximate total weight 6.90 carats); 18K gold

Often enhanced with ribbons and bows, the festoon necklace is an 18th century style revived in the Victorian and Edwardian eras - in this case, the forward-looking designer created an unusual, streamlined form with a dynamic layered structure, maximum flexibility and movement.