Graduated Opal Bead Necklace, 493.0 Carats
Graduated Opal Bead Necklace, 493.0 Carats Graduated Opal Bead Necklace, 493.0 Carats Graduated Opal Bead Necklace, 493.0 Carats Graduated Opal Bead Necklace, 493.0 Carats
Graduated Opal Bead Necklace, 493.0 Carats

Graduated Opal Bead Necklace, 493.0 Carats

  • This necklace boasts thirty-one opal beads weighing approximately 493.0 total carats
  • The captivating beads display incredible translucence and a stunning range of color
  • The opals are separated by emeralds totaling 73.23 carats and diamond-set rondels
  • A pavé diamond ball clasp secures this graduated strand
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Item No. 30-8259
$285,000
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Thirty-one monumental Ethiopian opal beads totaling an extraordinary 493.00 total carats comprise this mesmerizing necklace. The graduated gems are an impressive size, and each exhibits a high level of translucence and a rainbow of colors. Opals are not cut into beads often, as they are usually found in thin layers; deposits that are large enough to be shaped into a bead 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. To find 31 matching beads of this size and exceptional quality is extraordinary beyond compare.

Once used by early man as tools, Ethiopian opals have only begun to be mined in the 1990s. Usually found in a round nodular form within a 3 meter thick layer of welded volcanic ash, these opals are plentiful, yet only about 1% of these nodules contain any color at all, let alone the striking rainbow of hues that these beads exhibit.

The gems are set in platinum and 18K gold with emerald beads totaling 73.23 carats and diamonds totaling 6.27 carats.

35 3/4” length
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Style:Modern
Type:Necklaces
Stone:Opal
Length:35 3/4 Inches
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