Horace H. Welch Floating Opal Pendant in 14K Gold Art Deco Mount

I am excited to be able to offer a floating opal pendant in a beautiful Art Deco 14K gold mount. It was made by Horace H. Welch who invented floating opal jewelry. I have in my Favorite Links, a link to a wonderful article by Meg Andrews who researched these remarkable pieces of jewelry.

This pendant is in a yellow gold mount which is marked Pats. Pend. This dates it to between 1929 and 1931. It is a gorgeous piece - the mount is beautifully detailed and the opals have a lot of fire. There is some wear to the top and the fineness mark is not readable. These pendants were always set in fine gold, though and this one tests for 14K.

The bail and chain are a later addition, but go well with the pendant. The bail is gold filled and marked as such and the chain is silver (925 mark) with a gold wash. The gold has worn off of the chain near the catch.

The pendant is 7/8 inch long by about 3/8 inch wide. The chain is 20 inches long. The pendant is in excellent condition. There is no bubble visible in the glycerin, and I see no damage of any kind.

Item ID: J-75

Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Opal / Gold, Size: 20

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Catherine Coburn, Durham, NC   

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