SOLD: Victorian opal and diamond starburst pendant/brooch, circa 1890


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All the colours of the rainbow are on show in this lovely late Victorian opal and diamond starburst pendant/brooch.

The Australian opals are very bright, as well as showing a full spectral range.

The central stone weighs about one carat, with the smaller ones adding up to a further two and a half carats.

Lively old mine cut diamonds totalling nearly two carats supply extra light and sparkle, forming the rays of the star and the undulating circular surround.

A tiny rose cut diamond sits at the point of each ray – a sign of the care taken in its construction.

At 1 1/4 inches in diameter, not including the top loop, it’s a good size, too.


• Handmade in silver and nine-carat yellow gold with detachable brooch fitting and foldaway pendant attachment
• Round cabochon cut solid light natural Australian opal showing bright play of colour in the full spectral range estimated at 1.00 carats
• Eight round cabochon cut similar Australian opals estimated to total 2.50 carats
• 48 old mine cut diamonds estimated to total 1.92 carats, graded set as J-N/SI & piqué
• 16 rose cut diamonds, estimated to total 0.08 carats, graded set as M-N/SI
• Comes with an independent insurance valuation for $10,750
• Approximately 3.1cm (almost 1 1/4 inches) in diameter
• Weight is 11 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: the antique diamond brooch 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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