Composed of Silica and water, opal is a stone of great beauty and mystery. A favourite of Queen Victoria, it is synonymous with fine jewellery from this period.
Opals come in four major varieties; Black Opal (the most valuable), Boulder Opal, Light or White Opal and Fire Opal (from Mexico). The ‘Play-of-Colour’ predominantly dictates the value of opal with broad, intense flashes of red and orange being most valuable. Pattern also impacts the value with the prized ‘Harlequin’ design commanding the highest price.
Being composed of silica, opals love water! So remember to ‘water’ your solid opals every few months. Apply pure water on a cotton bud and allow the opal to absorb the liquid. This hydrates the stone and helps to avoid ‘crazing’.
Our June Fine Jewels auction boasts some outstanding examples of this magnificent gemstone, including a black opal and diamond brooch by William Drummond & Co, an antique fire opal, diamond and pearl brooch and an Art Deco black opal pendant.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Fine Jewels viewing in Melbourne and Sydney.
Senior Jewellery Specialist
Sydney Auction Monday 4 June, 6.30pm
Hughenden Boutique Hotel
14 Queen St, Woollahra NSW
333 Malvern Rd, South Yarra VIC
Wednesday 23 May, 9am-8pm,
Thursday 24 May, 10am-4pm
Friday 25 May, 10am-4pm
Saturday 26 May, 10am-4pm
Sunday 27 May, 10am-4pm
39 Queen St, Woollahra NSW
Friday 1 June, 10am-4pm
Saturday 2 June, 10am-4pm
Sunday 3 June, 10am-4pm
National Head of Jewellery
03 8825 5605 | 0408 355 339