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Kaleidoscope Of Greens - Estate Sterling Silver Green Opal Ring. This gorgeous ring is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling. Featuring a lab created round cabochon cut opal, 18 lab created found cut cabochon opals, exquisite designing and quality silver work. The expertly claw set opals have a beautiful vibrant fiery colour displaying colours of Green , varying in colour from emerald green to deeper green and fiery orange when held up to the light. The gallery is stunning on this ring, which sets off the opals beautifully . The shank is smooth and polished for a comfortable fit. This Victorian Revival Estate piece looks stunning when worn, truly a perfect gift or addition to any jewelry collection.
History: Archaeological evidence suggests that Opal was first mined in Virgin Valley, North America, over 10,000 years ago and used in artefacts in Kenya 6 thousand years ago. Additionally history also suggests that the Aztecs were mining opal in South and Central America around the same time.
After the discovery of opal's structure, which consists of nano-scale spheres, scientists sought to replicate its beauty in the lab. In 1974, Pierre Gilson, who was responsible for introducing other synthetic gemstones such as turquoise and lapis lazuli, began to market synthetic opal.
The story of silver mining began about 5,000 years ago. Silver was first mined around 3,000 BCE in Anatolia, now located in modern-day Turkey. The precious metal helped early civilizations in the Near East, Ancient Greece to flourish.
The term "sterling silver" probably originated in eastern Germany when five towns formed the Hanseatic League in the 1100s. These town minted their own coins of 92.5 percent silver. When Britain sold cattle and grain to the League, they were paid in "Easterling coins".
Measurements: Face of Ring 14.00 mm x 10.00 mm
Stone Size: Opal 1.00 carat Opals (side) 1.00 mm each
Weight: 3.10 grams
Ring Size: 6
Date: 21st Century