Queen Anne opaline paste necklace
A ‘Queen Anne’ choker necklace, circa 1760, set with faceted vibrant opaline paste over cerise foil in closed back gilt metal settings. Very sophisticated opaline jewellery was made in Europe in the 18th century and retailed by leading jewellers. Before Australian opals became accessible, the opal was a rare stone. Here its shimmering beauty is emulated by setting cerise pink foil beneath milky blue glass. The necklace is 10 inches long and 2/3 of an inch wide. As the necklace has ribbon fittings it will fit a neck of any size. It is rare to find any Queen Anne opaline paste today, especially a full necklace. Gorgeous colour and immaculate.