SOLD: Opal beads with gold and diamond clasp, circa 1935


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It’s many years since I’ve found a good strand of Australian crystal opal beads.

Graduating in size from 2.9mm to 5.6mm, the round beads show a strong play of colour over the full spectral range.

It is very rare to see good Australian opal bead necklaces as there is enormous wastage in the cutting process. As far as I know there are none produced today.

A word generally about my opal valuations: I go to a lot of trouble to get reliable and realistic estimates for insurance purposes.This involves consulting with Sydney’s most knowledgeable dealer in precious opals when I have something as rare as here.

Opals are the most difficult of all gems to value as they have so many varied qualities that contribute to each stone being unique, as many of you know. So I try to get the most objective and informed opinion possible.

This necklace comes complete with its charming original opal, diamond and 14-carat gold clasp from about 1935.

At 17 inches, or 43 cm, the length is great, too.


• 111 graduated round Australian light crystal opal beads range from 2.9mm to 5.6mm in diameter
• 14-carat yellow gold clasp set with oval cabochon cut 8.2mm x 6.1mm light crystal opal and two round brilliant cut diamonds estimated to total 0.03 carats, graded set as H/SI
• Comes with an independent insurance valuation for $18,500
• Approximately 17 inches (43cm) long
• Weight is 8.8 grams
• In excellent vintage condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: the Ceylon sapphire pendant is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about it

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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