This stunning black opal from Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, is called “black” because of the host rock it is attached to. You will see from the images below when we take a look at the reverse side of the stone a dark grey opaque back.
Weighing an incredible 46 carats and measuring approximately 30mm x 22mm, this black opal has a whole menagerie of dancing colours. Just in front of me now I can clearly see greens, oranges, reds, blues, purples, yellows and so much more. To appreciate the full extent of the colour play – take it into sunlight.
Designed by Leisha, this opal is set on an 18 carat yellow gold rub over setting. Three diamonds adorn the mount, and along the side, Leisha’s signature dances next to a very proud looking No. 1 – truly a one-off piece.
It is no wonder Leisha calls this work of art “Monet”.
Water Lilies is a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840–1926). The paintings depict Monet’s flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet’s artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted while Monet suffered from cataracts. The paintings are on display at museums all over the world, including the Musée Marmottan Monet and the musée d’Orsay in Paris. During the 1920s, the state of France built a pair of oval rooms at the Musée de l’Orangerie as a permanent home for eight water lily murals by Monet. The exhibit opened to the public on 16 May 1927, a few months after Monet’s death. Sixty water lily paintings from around the world were assembled for a special exhibition at the Musée de l’Orangerie in 1999.
This precious opal is on display with us until the summer. We have quite a collection of opals in store with us for a limited time, so if you tempted to have a Monet in your home please come along and see us before all these wonderful gem stones have to go home to Australia. All the opals are for sale, but browsers are most welcome, too.
We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30 am to 5.00pm.
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