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, si
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