Iridescent barque

Vintage opal ring in gold with Australian opal, Germany around 1950

When, after the long years of the Second World War, food shortages, currency reform and the first reconstruction, the lust for life returned to German cities and parlours, when the economic miracle made possible the first new prosperity in the centres of industry and trade, the art of jewellery design also awoke to new life after many years of a dreamless sleep. A ring from just these years came to us from southern Germany and shows itself in the typical form language of a so-called "barque ring" of the 1950s. An Australian full opal forms the precious setting as an elongated cut gemstone. Formed into a cabochon, the so-called milk opal unfolds a soft play of flashes of the colours of the rainbow in front of a white base colour. The stone is held in a setting of 14-carat yellow gold, which easily covers an entire finger limb. Together with the closed under-cadence, the ring creates a harmonious and elegant overall appearance. A vintage opal ring to fall in love with!

A dreamlike stone, the opal, whose special brilliance was praised in the highest terms by the ancient author Pliny at the dawn 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 a generally incredible mixture of light". As a stone of dazzling love and auspicious hope, the following centuries have also revered it.

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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.