Effervescent Antique Opal Ring
While opals had been known and admired since around 4000 BCE and written about effusively through the Roman empire, it wasn't until the best quality stones were found in Australia in the 1860s that they truly began to boom in popularity. Queen Victorian was a known lover of opal, and this late Victorian ring would have been as coveted when it was new as it is now. Crisp, sparkling old cut diamonds are sprinkled between each magical and fiery opal, all set low and comfortably into buttery, high karat gold. While trilogy rings are often chosen for anniversaries (the opals representing past, present, and future respectively), this ring would make a lovely wedding day "something old," or elevated stacking ring.
Please keep in mind that opals are not compatible with hand sanitizers/alcohols.
Very good antique condition with wear in line with age and use.
• 18k yellow gold, with British hallmarks for Birmingham 1902, maker's mark FHL
• Size 5 and can be resized within one size
• Six old cut diamonds and three opals
• Face of ring measures 8.6mm wide, 17.8mm across, with a rise of 4.4mm; back of band measures 2.3mm wide and 0.6mm thick