Carved gemstones are a huge fascination of mine. I have a large amount of experience with carved intaglios and carved cameos because I see them everyday. However, gemstones that are actually freeform and carved into shapes or objects are both rare and one-of-a-kind, and not so common for me. Carved opals and boulder opals are little pieces of art and I was wide-eyed and drooling when I came across the above Native American chiefs while browsing online auction houses. The other two are carved emerald and carved coral. All are being offered by the same auction house–Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, located in Chicago. A three-day auction event is happening, with 1168 lots of gorgeous jewelry up for bid on April 6th & 7th! Finishing off the three-day event is a sale on April 8th, with jewelry from the estate of Gerard L. Cafesjian.
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