Antique 18ct Gold Opal and Old Cut Diamond Ring
Gorgeous Victorian opal and diamond trilogy ring.
The three beautiful opals are particularly colourful, predominately green and turquoise with vibrant flashes of orange, blue & purple
They are hand crafted in a traditional 18 carat yellow gold setting interspersed with a pair of old cut diamonds.
The stones sit above a typical Victorian gallery with ornate scroll shoulders
This fabulous Victorian Opal Diamond Ring looks stunning when worn.
- Central opal 7.5mm x 5.5mm outer opals 5mm x 4mm
- Old cut diamonds 4 x 2.5mm Total diamond weight circa 0.30
- The size is UK M US 6.5 it would easily re size
- 9mm wide at the front and it stands 5mm proud of the shank
- 18ct gold Sheffield hallmarks (date letter obscured)
- Makers H & C
- This ring dates to he late Victorian period
- It weighs 4 grams.
- This antique ring is in excellent original condition.
- Our ref 21281
Milky opals were commonly used in late 19th century jewellery when their versatility resulted in a wide assortment of designs such as bangles, set as a line of graduated cabochons with diamonds in between, cluster rings, fringe necklaces and crescent brooches. Superior examples exhibit an attractive play of red, green, and blue colours whilst inferior milky opals are almost completely white with minimal flashes. Milky opals were also set with rubies, emeralds and demantoid garnets in naturalistic designs such as butterflies. Mid-Victorian opals exhibiting a softer play of colour were sometimes set in scrolling gold brooches and necklaces enamelled in royal blue.
Mexican fire opal
These vibrant gems were used in Art Nouveau and Art Deco diamond jewellery. Fire opal is usually deficient of any play of colour but exhibits a singular shade of translucent mid to deep orangey – red.