Rare Amazing Set of 18ct Antique Black Opal Earrings Maker's Mark: F B - Flavelle Bros. (Australia 1850-1932) Cabochons Measure each: 13mm x 12mm x 5mm (thickness), approx. 4.50 carats each, NS1
These remind me of the darkest black, like midnight on a moonless sky, twinkling jewels with colored flashes of the spectrum dance brilliantly
Rare, Turn of the Century, Magnificent Set is constructed of Heavy Solid 18ct Gold(tested), Solid Natural Untreated Black Boulder Opals - bold and heavy Cabochons - 5mm thickness - Solid to the Back Opals (no triplets, doublets, treatments existed during this time period), Pristine Antique Condition (never or hardly worn), original screw back, Maker's / Artist's Marks, elegant design setting,
These are not the run of the mill Black Opals, they are 5mm thick, bold and heavy, sturdy Cabochons that will easily last a lifetime.
These were purchased from a Estate Sale in Australia near Lightning Ridge Mines, Australia. They were obviously created for someone special long ago and lovingly cared for by their owner, as witnessed by their pristine condition. They await a new owner, someone special to cherish and care for them. They will last for many life times into the future. Wonderful for investment purposes, as the supply of true Black Opals are in demand and dwindling in supply. These are genuine Rare Australian Antique Jewelry and very collectible and added value, as such. Many original Flavelle Bros. jewelry pieces are housed in museums. This is a once in a lifetime rare find.
Flavelle Bros.(Australia) - Christie's Auction, Top 100 Maker's List
Flavelle Bros, Opticians & Jewellers, Sydney circa 1850. Henry Flavelle joined George Brush in an optician and jeweller's business, Flavelle and Brush, in 1840. Brush left the business in 1850 and Flavelle brought in his brother John. By 1855 the brothers were sufficiently prosperous to extend their premises and open a branch in Brisbane. In 1868 the brothers were joined in partnership by John Roberts and the company became known as Flavelle Roberts and Co. The partners' sons were also involved in the business and the premises were expanded. By 1900 the business was both well known and well respected as manufacturer of jewellery. In 1926 another partner, Robert Sankey, joined the company. The business survived until the Great Depression, finally closing in 1932. Among the last products of their workshops were medals commemorating the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Black Opal is the most valued of Opals and comes mainly from Lightning Ridge. High quality stones are very rare. Easily distinguished by the blackness of the background "body tone" or body colour.
Black/dark opal shows a play of colour within or on a dark body tone, while the play of colour of a black opal is within or on a black body tone, when viewed from the face up. It can be crystal or opaque. Some black/dark opals have a light crystal colour bar on dark opal potch (colourless opal), giving the otherwise light opal a dark appearance. Even expensive black/dark opals may have only a very thin colour bar on black potch.
Most black/dark opal is found in the mines around Lightning Ridge, NSW. Because of its relative scarcity compared to light and even boulder opal, it tends to be more expensive, given equivalent colours, clarity and patterns. Black Opal exhibiting bright Red Flashes are extremely rare.
Item ID: DA-587