Margot McKinney’s Opal Fever

“The extraordinary opals from Ethiopia” were the chief inspiration for this dazzling gem-laden bracelet, says its creator, fine jewelry designer Margot ­McKinney. The opals, she explains, “have an energy that comes from within and at times look as though they have little twinkling lights inside them.” No batteries required.

Luminous Links

The 18k yellow gold bracelet’s incandescence comes from 52.98 cts. t.w. Ethiopian opals, 4.66 cts. t.w. diamonds, 21.96 cts. t.w. blue sapphires, 20.66 cts. t.w. peridots, 9.37 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, 10.23 cts. t.w. yellow sapphires, 6.45 cts. t.w. orange sapphires, 1.11 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, and 2.06 cts. t.w. pink tourmalines.

Craft Work

The bracelet was fabricated in McKinney’s studio in Australia by several craftspeople—including a senior master craftsman who hand-made the gold components. “It moves beautifully, sits so well on the wrist, and is a joy to wear,” says the designer.

Delicate Matter

McKinney says she envisions the $125,000 bracelet appealing to “one of my stylish collectors,” and adds that the most challenging aspect of its fabrication was “being aware that I’m working with this amazing Ethiopian opal that I need to honor sufficiently.”

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