Fire Opal Pendant by Hays & Russell
The inspiration for the shape and design of the pendant was a flame incorporating the natural colors of Mexican fire opal which naturally mimic the colors of fire. The concept and design of the piece was a true collaboration between Grace Hays and Robert Russell. They sat down with a selection of faceted fire opals and the design simply came to be. Grace manufactured and assembled the metal for the piece and set the stones, which were all cut and polished by Robert, with the exception of the five tsavorites.
The piece consists of solid 18K yellow gold (25.09 grams) which was cast and hand assembled in three pieces using both a CAD and hand carved wax model. The dimensions of the pendant are L - 47.76mm (length) by 33.45mm (width), by 11.80 mm (height). The wire frame behind the pendant was hand assembled with an option for a drop off of the back. The large Mexican fire opal cabochon (5.57 carats) has play of color and is set with a thin wire bezel. There are forty faceted round Mexican fire opals (ranging in size between 4.77 mm to 3.48 mm and .23 to .10 carats) that are prong set in double wire baskets. There is one faceted pear-shaped colorless opal (7.55 mm by 5.80 mm, .70 carats) prong set in a double-wire basket. All of the Mexican fire opal was cut in-house with converted apex crowns to maximize light return in the low refractive index opal. There are five bezel set tsavorite cabochons (.47 carats) mounted on the 18K yellow gold slightly-domed, pear-shaped mesh with an irregular edge. All stones employed in the pendant are natural and untreated. The rough opal was hand selected before faceting to achieve the desired ombre color affect. The hand-made 22K Asian-inspired linked chain was made in Thailand and was purchased separately to compliment the pendant.