The Stone of Myths & Legends
Sculptural vintage ring with opal & diamonds in white gold, around 1970
Hardly any other gemstone is surrounded by as many myths and legends as the opal. Many cultures used it as a talisman, which was supposed to bring beauty, luck and success to its wearer; the Greeks even attributed the power of divination to the stone. No wonder, then, that we are still attracted to the ever-changing play of colours of the gemstones from the deserts of Australia. The ring here, dating from the 2nd half of the 20th century, is crafted of 18-karat white gold and holds a large Australian opal in its center. The gemstone has a beautiful color play of yellows and greens with hints of red, and is accompanied by two large drop-cut diamonds that add to its luminosity. The airy bars of the settings and gallery are a typical identifying feature of jewellery from around 1970, lifting the stones high above the finger. The ring came to us in Berlin from Freiburg im Breisgau.
A dreamlike stone, the opal, whose special brilliance was already praised in the highest tones by the ancient author Pliny at the beginning of the era: "the gentler fire of the carbuncle shows itself on 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 incredible mixture". As a gemstone of love and hope, but also as a symbol of dazzling love, the following centuries have also revered it.
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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.