This necklace boasts a stunningly sumptuous lampworked opal cabochon manufactured in mid-century Germany. It is so stunning we decided that this understated but attention-grabbing design required no further garnish.
Bohemian glassmakers were the first to develop methods for press-molding glass in the early 19th century. They began with solid colored glass and then, as their skills grew, started producing multi-colored stones mimicking gems like opals.
German glassmaking is rooted in Northern Bavaria. Czechoslovakia annexed Northern Bavaria after WWII, so the resident German glassmakers fled and set up workshops in their new West German communities. They built a thriving glass button industry, and by 1950 West Germany was considered the glass button capital of the world.
In this piece:
Vintage German lampworked green opal glass cabochon, circa 1950
A pronged brass setting made today in the USA in vintage dies