Friday, March 25, 2011

Victorian opal pendant

This is another pendant necklace I just finished a few days ago for our upcoming fund raising event at work. We're holding an Art and Artisan Jewellery Exhibition and Show next weekend, the proceeds of which will go towards purchasing of medical laboratory equipment for the Department of Anatomical Pathology at the hospital, where I work. Anyhow, I was given this Australian opal cabochon by one of the show organisers (the stone was donated by an ex-patient) and was asked to "make it into something". I wrapped it with sterling silver wire, added a patina with liver of sulphur, polished it up, and teamed it with fresh water pearls, Swarovski crystals, and amethyst and labradorite beads. The piece will be donated as an item for live auction at the opening cocktail party on Friday evening. I'm a little nervous and worried that no one will bid for it. Anyhow, all I can do is to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best, I guess. Please click on the photos if you'd like a larger view.

PS. Well, our fund raising event has been and gone. I'm pleased to say that this necklace has been sold at live auction, and raised a good sum for the hospital. And all along I was so nervous no one would bid on it! The event was a success, and I must thank my jewellery buddies from the Australian Beading Forum and the Parramatta-Holroyd Lapidary Club for their contribution, hard work and support. :)


  1. Piekne sa Twoje prace, obejrzalam cala galerie i mam zawrot glowy.

  2. Hello dear Caroline,
    There is no better way, to improve this beautiful opal set in scene, as in this silver filigree frame embellished with the white pearls. Very elegant and unique!
    With sunny greetings:

  3. WOW, Caroline, what a wonderful, delicate as a mist!
    Do not panic everyone will like, and I wish you would be so difficult and hard work which is a hospital, suffering people, where everyone wants to live and be happy, I wish you much luck for you, you will be ok, do the hard work, but someone has to do !,
    warmly welcome you and greet you,

  4. Thanks for your lovely comments and support, Kilara, Dorata, Uli and Wanda-Maria. I'm still a little nervous that no one will bid for it. Will let you all know the result in due course! :)

  5. something completely different, but with the same color capability:-)

  6. Thanks for leaving me a lovely comment, Hannah. Much appreciated. :)

  7. Very nice and elegant!!! love it!!

  8. Thanks Susy. The necklace was sold at auction at our fundraising event, and raised a good sum for the hospital. I'm very pleased that it has gone to a good home. Thanks for your support. :)

  9. Oh Honey, Every piece on your blog takes my breath away as you know. I totally love this opal necklace and I am sure the lucky lady will have it as her very favorite for life!! I had my beautiful Owl out yesterday looking at his beautiful face and all the gorgeous art with him. You are so amazing and I send you so much love. Wish I could give you a personal hug. Sending it and hoping this year is filled with health and happiness for you and your family. Love always. BJ