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$200,000 Opal Hat Up For Auction- Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

Jewelry Appraisal

If you are a frequent reader of our blog you may already know that October’s birthstone is opal. In honor of this beautiful gemstone San Francisco’s Bonhams and Butterfields will be holding an auction devoted to opal. This auction will be among the first held in the U.S and the first of its kind at Bonhams and Butterfields. The auction will feature a diverse group of high quality and distinctive jewelry, unmounted stones, mineral specimens, lapidary works of art, decorative objects, decor and opalized fossils, made from the opulent gem. Many of these pieces will highlight opals unique ability to seemingly hold fire, water and air in the stone itself.

Possibly the most unique and expensive item on the auction block will be a opal hat called “The Deep Blue Sea”. Estimated at $200,00, this piece is made from hand-blocked Australian felt, adjourned with feathers and has 26 opals weighing approximately 1,447 carats! A partnership between Australian master milliner Ann Maree Willett, opal miners Vicki and Peter Drackett and opal carvers Daniela L’Abbate and Christine Roussel, resulted in the creation of this one of a kind hat.

Some other exceptional items that will be auctioned off are a opal and 18kt gold presentation box set with large 224.24-carat oval cabochon of white opal, estimated at $100,000- 150,00. There will be a 34.80-carat Boulder opal and briolette diamond necklace, estimated at $90,000 – 110,000 and a Mexican Fire Opal and diamond necklace, mounted in 18K yellow gold, comprised of 40 opal cabochons and 11.3-carats of diamonds, estimated at$20,000- 30,000, with a matching pair of earrings.

Raymond Lee Jewelers may not come across $200,000 opal hats but if one did come into our store we would be able to give a accurate and fair jewelry appraisal.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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O is for October and Opal!

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Florida Jewelry

With the month of October now underway today I am bringing you a brief lesson in Gemology.  Since the birthstones (that’s right there are two!) for October are Opal and Tourmaline.  While this article is focused mainly on Opal I will follow up with a second article about Tourmaline shortly.  Opals were revered by the ancient Romans as it was inspiring to them for its beauty was almost impossible to describe in words.  Romans simply called it “Opalus” a word that means “precious stone”.  One philosopher and scholar Pliny described opals as “they equal the deepest and richest colors of painters. Others simulate the flaming fire of burning sulphur…and even the bright blaze of burning oil”.  He was referring to Opals play of color ranging in colors as blue/green such as peacock feathers and vibrant reds and oranges like hot magma shooting out into the sky from a volcano.

One of the greatest things about opal is that the range in varieties and colors make opal such a versatile stone.   It ranges in color and qualities from the modestly priced white opals with a milky base color and soft play of color to intensely vivid black opals with color so intense it can look like it is on fire.    The patterns of the opal’s play of color can be categorized in one of three types; Pinfire, Flash and Harlequin.  Pinfire displays very small patches or “dots” of play of color, Flash displays large areas of play-of-color and Harlequin shows large, distinct angular patches of play-of-color with edges touching each other.

Opals are found all over the world.  White opals are the most common and are found in Ethiopia, Australia, and North and South America.  Fire opals known for having their intense orange and red colors are most widely found in Mexico.  Black opals are found almost exclusively in Australia.   One of the main mining areas in Australia is Coober Pedy.  The name comes from the aboriginal word “kupapiti” which literally means “white man in a hole”.  Because of the hot nature of the Australian outback miners there often live in underground housing to escape the heat.

With the current resurgence of victorian and vintage style jewelery designs, one cannot ignore the importance of opals in todays market.  Usually opal jewelry is offered at a commercial level with small white opals and low play of color but finer quality opals are beyond beautiful.  They have a rich glow to them that cannot be compared to by any other  gem.  At Raymond Lee Jewelers we have a wide selection of opal jewelry of fine quality.  Come in today to see our selection!.

by Richard your Boca Raton Jewelry Guru

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Diamonds: Not Just a Girls Best Friend in Boca Raton

The birthstone for the month of April is Diamond.  The hardest substance known to man.  In fact the word diamond comes from the Greek word adamas, which means unbreakable.  The first diamond was discovered in India during the 9th century B.C.  India was the worlds only source for diamonds until the year 1725 when diamonds were first discovered in Brazil.  Since then diamond deposits have been found in South Africa, Australia,  Russia, Canada and even the United States of America just to name a few of the nations that produce diamonds for the global market.  Despite the fact that diamonds seem to be found all over the world very few are actually worthy of being considered gem quality.

Here at Raymond Lee Jewelers  in Boca Raton, Florida, we have a large selection of diamonds in all sizes.  We pride ourselves in having the best selection of stones in all sizes and the best quality.  We also have a strong selection of Canary, Champagne, and even Chocolate diamonds.  We have a beautiful assortment of mountings.  If you have a diamond and would like to change the setting our design specialist is on hand for a free consult.  Just call Richard to make and appointment.  Looking forward to working with you soon.-

Richard

The Jewelry Guru 🙂

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