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Antique opal and peridot ring in 15ct gold, England dated around 1913

A beautiful Australian opal forms the focal point of this hand-forged ring, which according to the hallmarking was submitted to the Birmingham Assay Office in 1913 and which found its way to us from London. The opal displays a blue base color and flashes of green sparkle out with each movement. The green of the opal is visually taken up by two peridots, which are attached to the opal on the left and right. This unusual combination of Australian opal and Egyptian peridots may seem unusual at first, but can be explained by the fact that both gemstones originated in British colonies and became incredibly fashionable in the early years of the 20th century. People loved pastel colors in those years, but surely peridot was also interesting because it came from Egypt. The British had conquered the country on the Nile only a short time before, in 1882, and the peridot was virtually a "British" gemstone ever since. The opal, however, as a stone from the crown colony of Australia, has always been the favourite of British jewellery designers since its first discovery. A unique ring with beautiful gemstones, forged a year after the Titanic sank and a year before the world went to war.

A dreamlike stone, the opal, whose special brilliance was praised in the highest terms by the ancient author Pliny at the beginning of the Reckoning of Time: "it possesses a fire finer than that of carbuncle, it has the purple sparkle of amethyst and the sea-green of emerald and an altogether incredible mixture of light." This property of opal, to change with every movement and to produce the most varied reflexes of colour, has occupied men since ancient times. The ancient Greeks, for instance, "held those stones to be fragments from the shattered sun chariot of Phoebos; with them it gave its possessor the gift of the seer, frightened away melancholy, and brought lovers together." So wrote the German journal Der Bazar in 1886 in an article about myths associated with popular gemstones.

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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.

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