Over the Rainbow

Wonderful opal brooch with diamonds in gold, around 1870 & later

"Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby" Somewhere over the Rainbow, at the other end of the rainbow, lies for us also the land where the many-colored opal is recovered: Its inhabitants affectionately call it "Oz," like the fairy-tale place from the musical "The Wizard of Oz," from which the song quoted at the beginning comes. It seems fitting, then, that it is precisely there that gems are recovered that exhibit all the colors of the rainbow. This unique brooch presents a wonderful Australian opal in its center. Its impressive play of colors shows a multitude of shimmering light reflections that cover the entire spectrum of the rainbow. In addition to shades of green, blue and yellow, we also see the rarer orange hues in the rather large stone, which sprays new flashes of color with every movement. The large gemstone is held in place by a wide framing of gold, which is entirely set with glittering diamond roses. The brooch was created around 1870, but the opal was probably added in the second half of the 20th century, apparently to replace a damaged stone. This piece of jewellery thus combines the work of different generations into a wonderful whole.

Before the discovery of precious opals in Australia, the opal mines in Dubník, Hungary, were the only European mine for precious opals. Due to the discovery of Australian opal deposits, the Dubník mines, which had mainly produced small stones since the 15th century, could not compete on the market and were closed down in 1922. Important finds and jewellery with Hungarian opals can be seen today in the Natural History Museum in Vienna and in the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.