Multicolored mists

Precious cocktail ring with large opal & diamonds in white gold, circa 1970

One of the most effective ways to vividly showcase a large colored stone and a true classic in vintage jewelry is the Entourage ring. Set in a wreath of white diamonds, the effect of the centrally set coloured stone is heightened. Particularly in the second half of the 20th century, white gold was popular for this purpose, as it takes a back seat in terms of colour and allows the gemstones to come to the fore. Such a ring is presented here. In the centre, it holds a high-quality Australian full opal in an elongated oval cabochon cut, which is interspersed with lively colour reflections. Neon green, peach and even pink reflections dance in front of the light background, interspersed with splashes of electric blue. The opal is characterized by its opaque body in which the color patterns seem to float like cosmic mists. A ring of fine diamonds surrounds the opal. The brilliant-cut diamonds weigh a total of 1.60 ct and are of a fine white colour throughout (top Wesselton) and particularly beautiful purity (vvsi). According to the information on an external appraisal that comes with the ring, the stone is from "Kuvapedi". "Coober Pedy" is the English spelling of this Aboriginal term, which means "white man's hole". This refers to the numerous excavation openings that were created by the mining of opals in the Australian Outback, which gave the region in Coober Pedy its name. There is no written record of the first discovery of precious opals in Australia until 1872, when commercial mining began in Queensland in the 1890s. Finally, in 1900 further opal fields were discovered in Lightning Ridge, in 1915 in Coober Pedy and in 1930 in Andamooka. The ring was created in the years around 1970 and is excellently preserved. Not only the combination of materials is typical of the time, but also the gallery underlay of white gold struts and the shape of the ring rail.

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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.