Over the Rainbow

Timeless vintage gold ring with opal & diamonds, circa 1978

Somewhere, over the rainbow, way up high There's a land that I heard of, once in a lullaby... Looking at the wonderful opal in this ring, you could imagine yourself in a land "over the rainbow" as in the famous song of the 1930s. Its magnificent play of color displays a multitude of shimmering light reflections that cover the spectrum of the entire rainbow. This is a distinctly high-quality stone of Australian origin, cut as an oval cabochon. The mines of Australia are famous for the most beautiful opals in the world. But they became known surprisingly late. 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 opals in jewelry quality. 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. The gemstone in our ring is framed by a wreath of twelve brilliant-cut diamonds weighing about 0.40ct together. The flower-shaped ring face is made of white gold, while the lower cadre and ring band are forged of high carat yellow gold. According to the hallmark, the ring was imported to the English city of Sheffield in 1978; it found its way to us from London.

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: "it has a fire to it, finer than in carbuncle, it possesses the purple spark of amethyst and the sea green of emerald and a generally incredible mixture of light". As a stone of love and hope, but also as a symbol of multifaceted love, the following centuries have also revered him.

We want you to be 100% satisfied! For that reason, we examine, describe and photograph all of our jewellery with the utmost care.

You can rely on our years of experience in the trade and our expertise as a professional art historians for reviews of the antique jewellery. As a member of various trader organisations and the British Society of Jewellery Historians, we remain committed to the highest possible degree of accuracy. In our descriptions, we always also indicate any signs of age and defects and never hide them in our photos – this saves you from any unpleasant surprises when your package arrives.

Should you for some reason not be satisfied, please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can begin to find a solution together. In any case, you can return any article within 30 days and we will refund the full purchase price.


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.