Victorian glass ball opal pendant, circa 1880


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We love fine jewellery with a sense of fun – optical illusions that draw the eye and trick the senses.

And here’s a late Victorian “pool of light” pendant with a difference.

Instead of being carved from a quartz rock crystal, the orb inside this finely made gold frame is a solid piece of glass.

And inside the glass is lively opal, which appears petite from one side and much larger from the other.

That said, it’s a complete mystery how this was made – it has puzzled both my valuer and my goldsmith. Nor are we certain how the illusion works.

Sometimes it’s better not to mess with magic!


• Handmade in nine-carat yellow gold
• Set with glass and a solid Australian opal (untested)
• Approximately 2.8cm (1 inch) in diameter
• Weight is 15.9 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)

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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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