Wonderful Rainbow

Late Victorian opal ring with diamonds in gold, Birmingham 1901

Today, opals are widely known gemstones and are among the classic stones used to set jewels. Most of the precious opals used today come from Australia, where they are mined underground, mostly by individual opal seekers. But did you know that the first find of a precious opal in Australia was made by a German explorer? It was the German geologist Johannes Menge who found and scientifically recorded the first Australian Opal in 1841. However, the earliest precious opals can only be traced back to the year 1872. As Australia was still an English colony in those years, it is not surprising that most of these early pieces of jewellery with opals were created in England, as the vast majority of the dazzling gemstones were exported there. This ring was also made in England, in 1901 to be precise, as can be seen from the hallmark on the inside of the ring, which bears the mark of the Precious Metals Assay Office in Birmingham. Three Australian full opals, cut into shimmering cabochons, are the protagonists of this ring from the last year of Queen Victoria's reign. They are accompanied by six small old-cut diamonds, four of which are effectively set between the bright opals and two larger ones mark the transition to the ring shoulders. The misty white opals show a delicate red as the basic colour over light blue and white, which glows when the light hits it. The ring is pleasing with its fine stone setting, its high-carat gold and its wonderfully classic design in keeping with late Victorian jewellery. The fine workmanship allows the special life of the stones to come to the fore without the ring becoming unwieldy or difficult to wear.

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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.