Vintage 14k Gold Boulder Opal Pendant
COMPOSITION: 14k Yellow Gold, Acid tested
GEM: Natural Boulder Opal 18mm X 16mm
CONDITION: Estate Item, Very Good
WEIGHT: 4.5 Grams
MEASUREMENT: 1 1/8″ X 3/4″
COMMENTS: Circa 1980’s. A unique rounded triangle shape boulder opal simply set in a classic gold setting. The stone is rich brown with glittering of green, blue orange and yellow. Boulder opal is one of the most valuable varieties of opal, second only to Australia’s black opal. Fine specimens of boulder opal can exhibit all of the spectral colors through their distinct play of color. Boulder opal may be considered to be less valuable than black opal, but it is actually much rarer. Compared to other varieties of opal, boulder opal has a much higher density because of its ironstone matrix. As a result, boulder opal precious gems are much smaller in size compared to common opals of equivalent weight. Boulder opal is often cut in irregular, free-form shapes, in attempt to maximize the size and value of the finished opal stone. As a testament to boulder opal’s significance and popularity in the gem trade, it is one of the official birthstones for the month of October, along with all of the other varieties of opal gems. Pictured as received from a local estate. Very good estate condition with minimal wear indicative of age.
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