Front Runners November 2015: Buried Treasure

More than just a piece of jewelry, the opal-covered dinosaur-finger necklace by Kimberly McDonald (price upon request; available at Bergdorf Goodman ( is an archaeological prize. The opalized fossil—unearthed, according to McDonald, by an Australian miner in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales—was not broken apart and sold as opal gems, as are many such discoveries from the region, but instead kept intact in the miner’s private collection for more than a decade. “The miner’s appreciation for the natural formation is the only thing that saved it from being cut up,” says McDonald, who set the finger as a pendant on a handmade gold chain and surrounded it with diamonds.

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