Gems of the Empire

Elegant vintage opal & ruby bangle with pearls in yellow gold, London 1990


€ 1,890.00 *
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Unit price €1,890.00 / piece
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Elegant vintage opal & ruby bangle with pearls in yellow gold, London 1990
Elegant vintage opal & ruby bangle with pearls in yellow gold, London 1990
Description
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Legend has it that the first opal once fell from the sky as a tear of joy from the realm of the gods. Perhaps the impressive fiery play of colours of this stone seduced our ancestors to this idea? The Australian precious opal that shimmers as the focal point in this bangle can indeed bring joy, so beautiful are its colours. Small seed pearls and rubies accompany the gorgeous center stone on the top of the bangle. The slender bangle itself is crafted of yellow gold and magnificently brings out the special life of its own of the opal, pearls and rubies. Bangles like this, set with fascinating, quality gemstones from all the countries of the British Empire, were a big fashion in the years leading up to the turn of the last century. And our specimen also follows these models. A small sequence of stamps on the back of the hoop, a so-called "Hallmark" allows us to date the hoop to the year 1990 and to locate it to London, from where the well-preserved piece of jewellery also found its way to us.
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Australia is famous for the most beautiful opals in the world. But did you know that jewelry with Australian precious opals has not been around that long? The first European to discover opals in Australia was the German geologist Johannes Menge. He found opals north of Adelaide in 1841 - but little attention was paid to these finds because they were not yet precious jewelry-quality opals. There is no written record of the first discovery of precious opals until 1872, when commercial mining began in Queensland in the 1890s. In 1900 further opal fields were discovered in Lightning Ridge, in 1915 in Coober Pedy and in 1930 in Andamooka. Especially the stones from Lightning Ridge enjoy an almost legendary reputation. In them the so-called "flashfire" effects can be found. This is the name given to the property of some opals to emit lightning-like color reflections and to produce new, exciting color images with each new incidence of light.
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Elegant vintage opal & ruby bangle with pearls in yellow gold, London 1990
Gems of the Empire
€ 1,890.00 *
Content 1 piece
Unit price €1,890.00 / piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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