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Orbit - Vintage Retro 10K Rose Gold Opal & Diamond Ring.  This unique ring is crafted from 10K rose gold, hallmarked 10K, and a makers mark.   Featuring a Vintage Retro design, a natural oval cabochon opal, one natural round cut diamond, and quality craftsmanship.  The gallery is a beautiful open -worked sculpted frame, with a central expertly claw-set opal and diamond. The opal is white , displaying an array of colours in different light intensities. Whilst the diamond is bright and white, with a lovely sparkle.  The shoulders have a slight taper, and although dainty the ring is substantial and sturdy.  The shank is smooth and polished, which allows for a comfortable fit and easy sizing.  The colour of the gold is a warm rosy coloured tone, and the ring is high quality.  The Vintage Retro ring has a modernistic feel and is ohhh so special and unique , a fanatic Retro era piece to add to any fine jewelry collection.

Note: A contemporary appraisal does not reflect the antiquity or vintage value of a ring.  The uniqueness and high quality of this ring is more-so object driven.  A wonderful find !

Opal History: Many cultures have credited opal with supernatural origins and powers. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave their owners the gift of prophecy and guarded them from disease. Europeans have long considered the gem a symbol of hope, purity, and truth.

The earliest diamonds were found in India in 4th century BC, although the youngest of these deposits were formed 900 million years ago. A majority of these early stones were transported along the network of trade routes that connected India and China, commonly known as the Silk Road.

Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.

Rose gold was first used in early 19th century Russia by the famed jeweler Carl Faberge in his infamous Faberge Eggs, as was known as Russian Gold. Rose gold later gained popularity in the United Stated during the lavish and feminine 1920’s, and was worn in engagement rings and fine jewelry. Cartier was instrumental in the rise in popularity creating luscious rose gold, fine jewelry with precious gemstones and diamonds. One piece in particular aided in the rebirth of rose gold in jewelry, a simple band of three gold colors of gold intertwined now known as the “Trinity Ring”. Created by Cartier and commissioned by Jean Cocteau, famed French writer, artist, filmmaker, and playwright and who infamously wore the Cartier ring on his pinkie. Over the decades the popularity of rose gold has come and gone, dictated mostly by fashion and starlets. Today rose gold has once again taken it’s rightful place in the style sections of your favorite magazines, on the hands of trend setters and brides. 

 

Measurements: Face of the Ring 12.50 mm x 12.00 mm 

Stone Size: Opal .28 carats    Diamond .01 carat 

Weight: 3.10 grams 

Ring Size: 7 1/2 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1960 

 

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