Description

    Arts & Crafts Boulder Opal, Multi-Stone, Diamond, Gold Pendant-Necklace, F. Walter Lawrence
    The pendant features an oval-shaped boulder opal measuring approximately 37.00 x 21.00 x 6.22 mm, surmounted by two smaller boulder opals measuring approximately 11.00 x 9.00 x 3.50 mm, enhanced by round-cut demantoid garnets, sapphires, rubies, citrines and pink tourmalines, accented by one pink and one near colorless diamond, set in 18k gold. Gross weight 40.30 grams.
    Pendant Dimensions: 3-1/4 inches x 1-1/2 inches
    Chain Length: 30-1/2 inches

    Letter of Accompaniment written by notable Jewelry Historian and Writer Janet Zapata

    Although the name, F. Walter Lawrence, is not as well-known as it was one hundred years ago, his jewelry is still as desirable today as it was at the beginning of the twentieth century. He considered his jewelry to be "unusual" as advertised on the first page of an early pamphlet, Unusual Jewelry F. Walter Lawrence, Incorporated. He had an eye for gemstones, searching for just the right specimens for his designs.

    Lawrence selected special gemstones for his jewelry as exemplified by the Queensland boulder opals set into an imaginative setting on this pendant. They are accentuated with demantoid garnets, Montana sapphires, rubies, and a citrine artfully set into the mounting, providing not only color to the composition, but also two diamonds, one white and the other light pink, providing sparkle points to the design. Only a creative designer would have understood the importance of such a subtle detail to the arrangement.

    It has been noted that Marcus & Co. purchased the "entire last year's output..." of opals from the Lightning Ridge Mine in New South Wales in 1908. Perhaps this led Lawrence to another source of extraordinary Australian opals like the one artfully adorned in this one-of-a-kind pendant necklace.

    For more information about F. Walter Lawrence, see Janet Zapata, "The Jewelry and Silverware of F. Walter Lawrence," The Magazine Antiques, April 2004, pages 124-133.




    Condition Report*:

    Diamonds:
    Colored Diamond Color: Purplish Pink
    Avg Color: J-K-L
    Avg Clarity: I
    Shape(s): Mine-cut
    Count: 1 - 25

    Colored Gems:
    Type(s): Boulder Opal,
    Shape(s): Oval and half-moon shaped cabochon
    Avg Quality: Fine

    Metals:
    Gold

    Overall Condition: Very Good
    Condition Notes: The opals are set in open back mounts revealing an extraordinary pattern in the opal matrix. Complete with original leather box signed F. Walter Lawrence, Inc., NY. An exquisite example of the Arts & Crafts Period. Circa 1910. Diamonds weigh a total of approximately 0.06 carat. Carved and chased with grape vines.

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