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Symphony Of Colour - Victorian 18K Gold Opal & Diamond Ring. This exquisite ring is crafted from 18K yellow gold, hallmarked 18ct. Featuring one natural oval cabochon opal, 2 natural round cabochon opals, 4 natural Old English cut diamonds, Victorian styling and quality gold-work. It is difficult to capture the beauty and colour of these beautiful opals on camera. The hand shots more so display the blue colour of these amazing Australian opals. The opals are interspaced by 2 sparkling antique cut diamonds on each side, which add interest and sparkle with the translucent opals. The shoulders feature a fluted split tapered shank. leading down to a smooth polished band, which allows for a comfortable fit. This Victorian era ring is in remarkable condition for its age. Truly a perfect addition to any fine jewelry collection.
Note: Value is based on rarity, condition, age, workmanship, and the beauty of the ring. Contemporary appraisals do not reflect the antiquity value.
In History of the United Kingdom, the Victorian era was the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from the 20th of June 1837 until her death on the 22nd of January 1901.
The name given to opal was derived from the ancient Greek and Latin languages. The Greek Opallios and Latin Opalus, which both mean "to perceive a colour change" The first known opal relics were located in a cave in kenya. Geologists believe that these opals originated from Ethiopia around 4000 B.C.
The first discovery of opals in Australia was made near Angaston (SA) by a German geologist Johannes Menge in 1849. Both the Queensland Boulder opal and Lightening Ridge fields attracted miners in the 1880s. He made doublets jewelry and was the first to buy opal by the carat.
Measurements: Face of Ring 17.50 mm x 10.00 mm
Stone Size: Opal 1.00 carats Diamonds .04 carats
Weight: 3.10 grams
Ring Size: 7
Date: Circa 1890