The green opal glass cabochon centering this necklace reminds us of a sunlight-soaked green sea, hence the name Marilla, which means shining sea.
It’s a stunning example of the midcentury Czech glass artisan’s talents. Opal glass is created by hand mixing and molding multiple glass colors with tiny pieces of goldstone glass.
The cabochon hangs from an antique and one-of-a-kind Victorian-era chased or hammered brass button. Metalworkers forged the lovely designs on these buttons by ‘hammering’ on their backside to create a low relief design or ‘chasing’ on the front side to sink the metal.
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