Art Nouveau 18kt Black Opal Filigree Ring 5.50ctw
Black opals are among the most rare and valuable of all natural opal varieties. Unlike their common opal counterparts, they have a dark canvas and radiate brilliant flashes of colors due to their subtle iron oxide and carbon properties. 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 beautiful black opal ring from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! This exquisite ring is made of 18kt yellow gold and holds a single black opal stone at the center of a lovely filigree mounting. The egg-shaped black opal is simply mesmerizing, displaying an array of iridescent colors that flash and shimmer in the light. A variety of blue, green, and violet shades comprise the ensemble of vivid colors. The opal is bezel set above a decorative filigree border. Swirls of scrolled wirework and pillar accents at each shoulder add an artistic quality to the already beautiful ring! A simply exquisite antique ring, it is perfect for any opal lover and looks fantastic when worn!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 6.25, but could easily be re-sized up or down as desired. The opal centerpiece measures 3/4" tall, 5/8" wide at the base, and rests 1/4" high.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold filigree setting or to the opal stone, which is intact and securely set.