In the late 1970s, a husband was browsing an estate sale in California when an ornate opal pendant with detailed gold metalwork caught his eye. The $3,000 price tag made him think twice, but he had no doubt that his wife would adore it, so he splashed the cash. And he was right, she loved it. But his wife loved it even more when, in 2009, she had it valued by an expert on a famous antiques TV show, and learned the pendant had been handmade in 1914 by Louis Comfort Tiffany himself, and was worth a stunning $90,000!
Louis exhibited his first jewelry designs at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904. His hand-wrought Arts and Crafts style received international acclaim and the man formerly famous for his delicate lamps, vases and tapestries became a world-famous jewelry giant. His unique artistic vision was coveted by high society while he was alive.
Now, decades after his death, his work continues to set records in high-end auction houses. We’ve recreated that surprise estate sale find with the Hidden Treasure Australian Opal Pendant. Working from the original as inspiration, we’ve included the detailed metalwork elements that made the husband so sure his wife would love it, along with the play of color in the pendant’s two elegant Australian opals that are sure to catch the eye. But where the husband gambled by spending $3,000, you can capture the luxurious look of our version at our exclusive Stauer price! And if you believe your special someone will love this pendant, then that’s a small price to pay for the find of a lifetime.
(Matching chain sold separately.)