Antique and vintage opal necklaces
Antique and vintage opal necklaces are highly collectible necklaces which contain opal gems. Based on the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition of “antique”, an antique opal necklace is one made more than 100 years ago. A vintage version was made less than 100 years ago and could be as recent as the 1980s.
Opal is one of the most sought after gem stones among collectors. The vast majority of opal is harvested in Australia.
Value and notable sales of Antique and vintage opal necklaces
Prices can vary dramatically depending on the amount of opal and related high-end materials featured in the necklace, as well as the manufacturer.
An opal and diamond necklace, featuring 80 white opal beads, made $114,390 at Christie’s Hong Kong in November 2010.
A circa 1900, belle époque opal pendant necklace, achieved $56,400 at Christie’s New York in October 2001.
A black opal, demantoid garnet, sapphire and enamel necklace, produced by Louis Comfort Tiffany for Tiffany & Co, circa 1915 to 1920, sold for $233,500 at Christie’s New York in 1998.