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Tiffany Black Opal Necklace

Opals are described according to their transparency and body color. Opals with a vivid play-of-color and a black or other dark body color are called black opals. Top-quality black opals are highly prized and were discovered in the legendary Lightning Ridge opal field in Australia in 1903. Opals are typically cut as cabochons or polished free form to best show the play-of-color. This opal and gold necklace designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany about 1915-1925 is accented with brilliant green demantoid garnets from Russia. The black opals are from Lightning Ridge, Australia.

Image Number: 95-40322
Catalog Number: G5120
Weight: not weighed carats
Gift of Mrs. F. R. Downs, Jr. & Mrs. R. O. Abbott, Jr. in memory of Ruth and Townsend Treadway , 1974
Locality: Lightning Ridge , Australia

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