Victorian Caleidoscope

Attractive gold bangle with Australian opals, Great Britain circa 1900

The opal fields of Australia are famous for the most beautiful opals in the world. But did you know that jewellery with Australian precious opals hasn't 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 jewellery-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. Finally in 1905 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 reflexes and to produce new, exciting color images with each new incidence of light. This high-quality bangle skilfully presents eleven first-class opals from Australia. Arranged in a row, it seems as if a shimmering band of pearls is wrapped around the wrist. The opals shine in all the colours of the rainbow. Green, blue and a fiery red are the predominant colours with a milky white body. Created in Great Britain in the 1900s, the bangle is made of 9-karat gold, which shimmers particularly richly and velvety thanks to an additional fine gold plating. We discovered this piece of jewellery in London and were immediately captivated by its colourful radiance.

A dreamlike stone, the opal, whose special brilliance was already praised in the highest terms by the ancient author Pliny at the dawn of time: "the gentler fire of the carbuncle shows itself in them; the shining purple of the amethyst shows itself; the sea green of the emerald shows itself and all these colours shine at the same time in an unbelievable mixture" As a stone of love and hope, but also as a symbol of dazzling love, the following centuries have also revered it.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.