A breath taking 20.40ct cabochon cut opal has been expertly rub over set in a richly polished 18ct yellow gold mount. The striking centrepiece of this pendant has been perfectly complemented by sparkling brilliant cut diamonds (1.82ct), which have been claw set as the perfect surrounding halo. Each individual opal is a truly unique wonder of nature with the ethereal flashes of colour emanating from each stone hugely desired and sought after. This particular example showcases oranges, reds and yellow tones in a pastel red pattern. Opals are largely found in Australia with the Lightening Ridge, Andamooka, & Mintabe areas being renowned for high quality examples. Opals were formed approximately sixty million years ago when silica rich water was carried into cracks and voids in the earth. As this water evaporated it left behind a silica deposit, which formed the beautiful opals that we know today. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II owns one of the largest opals in the world after being presented with the Andamooka opal parure by the Australian government during her Commonwealth tour in 1953-54. The central opal of the necklace weights overs 200 carats, and dazzles with flashes of colour. This stunning pendant has been suspended from a delicate 45cm rolo chain, and combines the birthstones for the months of April and October, and is perfect for lovers of colour and style.
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