Restoring Antique Opal Jewelry

October 16th, 2012 by James L. Sweaney, CGA, FGA. GG
Repaired Opal in Art Nouveau Pin

Repaired Opal in Art Nouveau Pin

We immediately fell in love with this sweet little opal and diamond pin of gold and platinum that was offered to us as part of an estate. A blend of Late Victorian, Art Nouveau, and Edwardian styling, the construction of fabricated platinum overlaid onto 14K yellow gold indicated the piece was made right around 1900.

When we looked closely, we saw that the crystal opal, beautifully carved as a pansy flower was broken in half, but we purchased it anyway.

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