French Opal and Diamond Pendant Brooch with Sphinx - C1880


This rare and regal French pendant brooch was masterfully hand fabricated in 18K gold and darkened silver, c 1880. Centering on a multi-chromatic cabochon opal, swirling with lime green and electric blues mixed with waves of neon yellow, crowned with a warm .90 carat old mine-cut diamond, elegantly framed in a scrolling foliate motif sprinkled with old mine and rose-cut diamonds. The finishing touches are a pair of sculpted Sphinx, proudly seated on each side of the opal. This magnificent piece of jewelry art measures 2 5/8” x 2”


Weight: 33 grams

Opal: estimated 19 carats, 23.44 x 18.36 x 8 mm, some crazing 

Diamonds: estimated 1.40 total carats. 

Notes: The bail is an antique replacement. Removable pin mechanism. Chain is for photography purposes only.