Haroldo Burle Marx 18 Karat Gold Opal and Diamond Pendant
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Thanks for taking a look at this Haroldo Burle Marx 18 Karat Gold Opal Pendant with Diamonds. This piece may be attached to a Burle Marx or Bruno Guidi Neck Collar, or worn on a chain. The opal is 44.50 carats, surrounded by 86 diamonds totaling 2.05 carats. The face of the opal measures 1.32" x 1.26", and the stone is a Brazilian Opal.
If you own a piece of jewelry made by Burle Marx or Bruno Guid, there's a very good chance it originally came from us. The ALTOMAR Collection located in the famed Watergate Hotel had world rights to Burle Marx Jewelry for the last decade of his life until his death in 1991. Today, we have access to the largest collection of Burle Marx pieces in the world. Bruno Guidi was Haroldo's Chief Designer and Master Goldsmith for more than 35 years.
Alta Leath's Altomar Collection boutique captured her enthusiasm. Her love of gems and minerals began in college. In 1981 Alta was on a business trip with her late husband to Rio de Janeiro, where she sought out legendary jewelry designer, Haroldo Burle Marx. After they met, she bought all the gems he was cutting from a six pound opal, convinced the 75 year old artist to come out of retirement, and began to turn her love of gems and minerals into a profitable business. In 1982 she began selling and investing in Marx's work. After the first two years, the venture proved to be a financial success.
Haroldo Burle Marx referred to Alta as his "locomotive" and credited her for whisking him back into action. "I still feel like a youngster with a lollipop", he once remarked. "Today I get very much excited. I feel my things are art pieces. But all of my work is done with feeling, so it is hard for me to measure without my feelings getting in the way."
Marx, Alta, and his clients are not the only individuals who view his work as art. Paul Desautels, the most influential American curator of the 20th century, and Curator of Gems and Minerals in the Department of Mineral Sciences of the U.S. National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) in Washington, D.C, remarked in a New York Times interview, that he thinks the gems are at the top of the market and are meticulously crafted.
Each Marx Creation is intricately detailed to scale through architectural blueprints. On one piece, craftsmen in Marx's studio spent six months making an emerald and diamond necklace. The process of setting the stones took an entire month. The necklace was sold the first day it was displayed in the boutique.
Classic, timeless lines characterize the jewelry. Marx has managed to draw from Incan, ancient Rome and other cultures for creative direction, and then blend them all with his own style.
Burle Marx is without question one the greatest jewelry designers that ever lived. His customer list looks much like a social registry. Cicely Tyson, Madame Ferragamo, Placido Domingo, Natalie Wood, The Shah of Iran, Queen Margrethe of Denmark, and the Empress of Japan were just a few of his customers. In 1989 over half a million dollars worth of Burle Marx jewels were on display at The Houston Museum of Natural Science for a period of two years. Burle Marx was featured in Connoisseur Magazine, Town and Country, Vogue, U.S. News & World Report, and The New York Times.
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Shipping from United States
1-3 business days
Estimated shipping times
- North America : 1 - 2 business days
I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.
Returns & Exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
- Custom or personalized orders
- Items on sale
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your return policy?
We typically handle returns on a piece by piece basis. Since Burle Marx pieces are NOT replaceable we prefer to ship them back and fourth as little as possible.
Do you enhance the color of your photos?
We take all of our photos in 100% natural sunlight, and do not artificially modify the photos, or use any sort of filter.
Do you offer discounts?
Absolutely. You can't survive in the jewelry business today if you aren't willing to work with your customers on price.
Do you ship internationally?
Currently we only ship within the United States. There are certain circumstances in which we will deliver your purchase to you.