My Collection

 

This archive is a brief look at some of the hundreds of one-of-a kind pieces I have created over the last 15 years, with a focus on Australian Opal. While I often pay homage to the great styles of the 1920's Art Deco through to the classic lines of the 1950's, I endeavor to bring a new eye and sometimes a little whimsy to the serious business of enhancing the wonder of nature's gems.  These items are all no longer available, however if you would like a custom made peice of your very own, please don't hessiate to get in touch via our contact us form

-Wayne Roland Brown

 

1) At 34.66 carats, this stone has gorgeous color changing from deep purple-blue to rich blood red. The design is influenced by classic Art Deco. I love the ziggurat.

Opal 34.66 carats
96 Diamonds 2.88 carats
VS1-VS2 clarity,  H-I color
18K White Gold
Measures 52 mm long by 29 mm wide or 2 inches by 1 1/4 inches

 

2) My old friend, Johnny Jones, has had a miner's camp at Lightning Ridge, for over thirty years. He mined this opal in the late 1970's. It has a beautiful ocean green to blue spectrum and, like Johnny, is very deep and colorful.

Opal 15.01 carats
126 Diamonds 1.84 carats
VS1-VS2, clarity, H-I color
18K White Gold
Measures 36 mm round with a 10 mm by 15 mm bail or 1 1/2 inch round with 1/2 inch tall bail

 

3) When I first saw this opal at Lightning Ridge, I knew I had to have it. Opal is like that, love at first sight. The design was immediately obvious.

Opal 99.45 carats
120 Diamonds 3.13 carats
VS1-VS2 clarity, I-J color
18K Yellow and White Gold
Measures 60 mm by 46 mm excluding brushes or 2 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches
Brushes 102 mm long or 4 inches

 

4) It is easy to get lost in the deep, rich, velvet color of this opal which is a free form cut to maximize the color of the stone. The design of this piece is mid-century modern.

Opal 21.41 carats
Sapphire 1.41 carats
9 Diamonds .11 carats
VS1-VS2, H-I color
18K White Gold
Measures 51 mm long by 35 mm wide or 2 inches by 1 3/8 inches

 

5) Coming from a musical family has had a profound  influence on my designs. This mounting was inspired by the scroll of a violin. The harmony of color in the stone is one of nature's great symphonies.

Opal 15.39 carats
18 Sapphires 2.50 carats
72 Diamonds 2.18 carats
VS1-VS2 clarity, I-J color
18K White Gold
Measures 65 mm long by 27 mm wide at circular frame or 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/8 inches

 

6) This opal was found at Lambina in South Australia. Natural colored sapphires were used to enhance it's dancing harlequin pattern.

Opal 9.85 carats
7 Sapphires totaling 3.91 carats
1 White Pearl 9.5 mm
16 Diamonds .42 carats
VS1-SI1, H-I color
18K White Gold
Measures 69 mm long or 2 3/4 inches

7) Sometimes I look at opals for years before they reveal their finished design. This pendant is based on the Indian sarod, a musical instrument of floating notes and ancient melodies.

Opal 12.53 carats
12 Sapphires 2.92 carats
42 Diamonds .72 carats
VS1-VS2 clarity, H-I color
18K White Gold
Measures 76 mm long by 45 mm wide or 3 inches by 1 3/4 inches

8) On rare occasions, we find fossilized sea shells that have turned into opal. This prehistoric pipi shell has the rich colors of the Great Barrier Reef. I have enhanced the design with natural white Australian pearls.

Opal 30.41 carats
9 Natural White Australian Pearls
76 Diamonds 1.82 carats
VS1-VS2, I-J color
18K White Gold
Measures 58 mm long by 45 mm wide or 2 1/4 inches by 1 3/4 inches

9) When the sun rises at Lightning Ridge, the colors over the scrub covered desert are incredible. The sun's rays bring new joy and optimism in the search for hidden treasures. This opal is a perfect example of such a rare find.

Opal 29.90 carats
256 Diamonds 6.39 carats
VVS2-VS1, H-I color
18K White Gold
Measures 96 mm wide by 56 mm tall or 3 3/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches

 

10) This sensual necklace with it's opal and pearl combination draws from the romance of Victorian design yet has a contemporary sensibility.

Opal 13.5 carats
Sapphires 3.40 carats
560 White Pearls
244 Diamonds, 4.08 carats
VS1-VS2, I-J color
18K White and Yellow Gold
Measures 34 mm by 32 mm (1 3/8 by 1 1/4 inch) center frame on an adjustable 13 to 15 inch choker.

 

11) There are musical instruments around my house from all over the world, the result of thirty years collecting. By natural instinct, I include the beautiful shapes of these instruments in the design of my jewelry. This design is a blending of the violin and the ancient Chinese pi pa.

Opal 18.85 carats
41 Diamonds 5.20 carats
VS1-VS2 clarity, F-G color
18K White Gold
Measures 61 mm long by 28 mm wide or 2 1/2 inches by 1 1/8 inches

 

12)  18K Baroque style pendant with 61 carat black solid opal. 

13) There is nothing like a luminescent sunset when viewed from a sailboat. This opal reflects the magnificence of this perfect time of day.

Opal 16.40 carats
21 Sapphires 3.72 carats
37 Diamonds 1.10 carats
VS1-VS2 clarity, H-I color
18K White Gold
Measures  57 mm long by 31 mm high or 2 1/4 inches by 1 1/4 inches.

 

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