Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”

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Lot 1498
Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”

Sold for US$ 51,850 inc. premium

Natural History

1 Jun 2009, 13:00 EDT

New York

Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”
Designed by Jenni Brammall and carved by Daniela L’Abbate
Coocoran Opal Fields, Lightning Ridge, Australia
Aptly named “Aqua Profonda” in Italian meaning “Deep Water” this pendant represents the finest, classic black opal available in the world’s premier locality for the mineral—Lightning Ridge, Australia. The significantly-sized rough was found by opal miner, Peter Drackett, but its beauty was brought out by local lapidary artist Daniela L’Abbate, and it was carved and contour polished by and it realized its present weight of approximately 99.0 carats. A suggestion of waves and swirling seas is evoked. The opal is defined by its true black body color and fantastic play-of-color in blue and green. Creating a statement as a contemporary one-of-a-kind art piece, a free-form mounting was fabricated by Lightning Ridge goldsmith, Gerd Schulz in 18K white gold. Suspended from a five-strand lapis lazuli bead necklace with two silver bead spacers and a 14K white gold clasp, the muted colors of the lapis contrast beautifully with the brightness of the opal, length 24 in.

Footnotes

  • Offered in a wooden presentation box.

    Accompanied by a poster for the fashion show in which the black opal necklace was featured. The necklace was made especially for the 35th annual Australian Masters of Fashion event held annually in Melbourne—Australia’s premier fashion design competition for evening and bridal wear. The pendant “Aqua Profonda” was made especially for this show.
Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”
Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”
Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”
Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”
Black Opal and Diamond Pendant—“Aqua Profonda”
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