Art Nouveau 14kt Mixed Metals Butterfly Motif Opal Ring
Although a portion of the world's opals are mined in Ethiopa, most originate in Australia- particularly from a region known as "Lightening Ridge"- and the opal has henceforth been named Australia's national stone. Historically, opals were believed to bring good luck when given as a gift. In the modern day, they continue to be adored worldwide and are one of the most desirable stones used in fine jewelry!
A breathtaking opal ring from the Art Nouveau (ca1910) era! This artistic ring holds a vibrant Lightening Ridge opal cabochon at the center of a mixed metals mounting. The handmade setting is crafted in 14kt yellow and white gold, and features a feminine butterfly motif that graces each shoulder. The white gold butterflies have engraved wings and rest atop the smooth yellow gold setting, creating a lovely two-tone appearance. The opal itself is simply mesmerizing, displaying an array of iridescent colors that flash and shimmer in the light. Included are shades of blue, green, violet, orange, and gold, creating wonderful color play. It has an approximate carat weight of 2.50ctw. Completing the design are two sparkling diamond accents, which rest directly above and below the elongated opal center. A hallmark is stamped inside the gold shank, which reads "14K" and "A" beside a small star symbol. A simply exquisite antique ring, it is perfect for any opal lover and looks fantastic when worn!
Measurements: The ring has a small finger size of 4.25, but could easily be re-sized up or down as desired. The opal and diamond centerpiece measures 3/4" tall, 1/2" wide, and rests 3/8" above the finger when worn. The band measures approximately 3mm wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the mixed metals setting or to the opal and diamond stones, which are all intact and securely set.