As we near to the end of October (how did that happen?!), I thought I'd share with you a few pictures of beautiful jewellery featuring October's birthstone, Opal.
This stunning brooch by Harry Winston features a black opal from the Lightning Ridge in Australia. The opal is 32 carats and is accented by rubies, sapphires, emeralds and diamonds and set in 18K yellow gold. It was donated to the Smithsonian in 1977.
Another piece that was donate to the Smithsonian is this piece by Louis Comfort Tiffany. A gorgeous example of Art Nouveau jewellery, this again features a black opal from the Lightning Ridge an also demantoid garnets from Russia. Louis Comfort Tiffany was considered to be one the most important decorative artists working during the early 20th century.
The Sun God Opal is a carved white opal whose origins are a mystery! Believed to have been mined in Mexico by the Aztecs in the 16th century, this 35 carat precious white opal is very unusual in that the top of the cabochon is carved into the shape of a human face surrounded by flames. This is perhaps why it got it's name.