Kascholong Opal and Nephrite Flower Study--"Jasmine"
Incorporating a rare form of opal known as kascholong opal. Derived from the Mongolian, it describes a translucent, white opal with a porcelain appearancewhich does not possess play-of-color. With similarities to mother-of-pearl it has on occasionally been called "mother-of-pearl opal". The present high-qualitymaterial, originating in Siberia, is extremely porous and suitable for carving due to its hardness (Mohs 7.5), which is greater than fire opal and more comparable to chalcedony. The present flower study was designed and executed in the style of Fabergé. An enchanting flower study which features three flowers in full bloom, each accented to the centers with a total of 36 diamonds, and three opal buds, decorated with two rich green nephrite leaves. The 18K yellow gold stem is finished with a matte texture. The removable rock crystal vase is carved of optically clear quartz. Height 6 1/2 in