A Custom-Made Opal Pendant For A Fabulous Lady!

IMG_0351-e1361471750995-sphoto-copy-72-sA few years ago, our good friend was given her mother's stunning opal.  It stayed secure in a jewelry box with a hint of a custom project in its future.  A few months ago, we sat down with our friend and jeweler and created some sketches as well as a wax for this unique stone.  The stone weight is 6.34 carats and has a strong play of color which is very desirable when looking for this type of stone.  Opal is the national gemstone of Australia, which produces 97% of the world's supply.  The concept was to create a pendant that would showcase the fiery color and size of the stone which is incredible exquisite but be casual enough to be worn on a day-to-day basis.  Our jeweler decided to create a bezel in white gold with a pave set of small diamonds on its sides.  We also went with a horizontal setting as oppose to the traditional vertical pendant that has been the traditional way for decades.  The opal's size made the pendant substantial and to give it the right bezel around it required 79 small diamonds equaling 1.07 carat to be set on its sides.  The pendant took over 4 weeks to complete and is a masterpiece.  We know she will wear it in good health.