I love the exuberance of this piece, which exemplifies the flounces and furbelows style of late Victorian/early Edwardian pieces. It’s like more is definitely more. In this case, the opal heart would have been enough, but it’s crowned with the diamond set bow. And then the strands of demantoid garnets holding diamond swags.
Seller Lang Antiques explains, “Late-Victorian/early-Edwardian romance and refinement emanate from this exquisite fin de siècle jewel, highlighting a splendid, multi-chromatic, heart-shaped opal secured in a golden bezel setting framed by glittering rose-cut diamonds set in darkened silver over gold. The enchanting gemstone is crowned by a classic natural pearl-centered bow motif and surmounts an articulated double garland further enlivened by bright lime-green demantoid garnets. Possibly French, English or Russian, although no hallmarks are extant. This rare and breathtaking jewel measures just shy of inches high by 1 and 1/8 inches wide and suspends from what appears to be its original 16-inch silver chain.”
The opal weighs 2.25 carats; there are 131 rose cut diamonds weighing 1 carat; and 10 demantoid garnets weighing .20 points. It’s believed the pearl at the top is natural, given the age of the piece. It sells for USD$9.875.