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Graduated Opal Bead Necklace

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Fifty-five beautiful opal beads comprise this beautiful and rare necklace

Key Features

  • This striking necklace boasts 55 fine opal beads
  • The beads measure between 5mm and 14.5mm
  • It is very difficult to fine opal rough thick enough to create such lovely orbs
  • About 90% of the rough opal is cut away to create just one of these beads
  • The strand is secured with a platinum and diamond clasp
  • 21" length

Item Details

  • Stone:
    Opal
Fifty-five rare and large opal beads comprise this beautiful necklace. The graduated gems are a fine size, measuring between 5mm and 14.5mm, with each exhibiting a high level of translucence and color. Opals are not cut into beads very often, as they are usually found in thin layers, and bigger deposits are extremely rare. Cutting the round structure also creates a great deal of excess- about 90% of the rough opal is cut away to create just one bead! The strand is secured by a platinum clasp set with approximately .15 carats of diamonds.   

Opals are truly the stuff of legend. Revered for thousands of years by many cultures and once described by famous Roman author Pliny as combining the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones, opals were relatively rare until the mid-19th century, when the first opal blocks were found in Australia.

21" length

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