French 19th Century Opal and Rose Cut Diamond Memorial Pendant / Brooch
ABOUT THIS JEWELRY
The artistry and ingenuity of 19th century jewelers never cease to amaze. An exquisite combination of elements coalesce to create this captivating memorial pendant/brooch. At its center, a fancy-shaped opal shimmers with electric hues of iridescent blue, green, and red that contrast with curved bands of soft color, together creating a mesmerizing 'landscape,' set in a frame fashioned with subtle scroll details. This stunning gem is surrounded by a lacy openwork vine motif, glimmering with candlelight-loving rose cut diamonds, and embellished at the top with a single ruby-centered flower. The reverse reveals a fabric-lined, glass-covered compartment ready to hold a special keepsake. Glorious. From France, according to the hallmarks. Total diamond weight, .90 carat. Crafted in blackened 14K white gold and 18K yellow gold. Chain measures 16 inches.