Multicolored mists

Fine vintage opal ring with diamonds in gold, London 1992

England, the country on the other side of the English Channel, was known on our side of the sea for long centuries as "Albion". It is not quite clear where this word came from. It could be Celtic, or it could go back to the Latin "albus", "white". After all, it is the bright chalk cliffs of Dover, which already announce the land on the other side of the water from France. Perhaps, however, it is also the fog, which so often lies over the green hills of England as the original British weather, enticing and at the same time concealing, that gave the country this name. As a half-transparent, half-opaque veil, it hangs before the small villages, the castles and manor houses, like a long robe that only now and then allows a glimpse into a foreign world. The ring presented here, which was created in London, presents three high-quality precious opals. The stones, cut into cabochons, are misty-coloured, as one would expect from opals. In them flash blue, green and red sparks, just that famous light of the opal for which the stones are so famous. One of the two smaller opals is slightly bluer than the other two stones. Four small brilliant-cut diamonds are set between the opals, supporting the play of colours in the opals with small points of brilliance. The ring, which follows models from the time of Queen Victoria, was made in London in 1992, according to its hallmark. The goldsmith who made it knew how to make the ring head beautifully compact so that the ring is comfortable to wear.

The mine 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 precious gem 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. Before the discovery of precious opals in Australia, the opal mines in Dubník, Hungary, were the only European mine for precious opals. Due to the discovery of Australian opal deposits, the Dubník mines, which had mainly produced small stones since the 15th century, could not compete on the market and were closed down in 1922. Important finds and jewellery with Hungarian opals can be seen today in the Natural History Museum in Vienna and in the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest.

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