Late Victorian 18kt Black Opal & Mine Cut Diamond Ring
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 gemstones used in fine jewelry!
A spectacular black opal and diamond ring from the Late Victorian era (ca1900)! This exquisite ring is crafted in platinum-topped 18kt gold, and holds a bezel set black opal at the center. Surrounding the center stone is a row of Mine Cut diamonds weighing 1.00ctw, which rest in a scalloped border. The black opal is simply mesmerizing, emitting a range of iridescent colors in shades of green, blue and violet. The colors flash radiantly in the light and are perfectly complimented by the sparkling diamond halo! The gallery displays a crown-like filigree pattern that is visible from the side, and a smooth gold band completes the design. Stamped inside the shank is a small hallmark. A breathtaking Victorian ring, it is perfect for any opal lover and would look marvelous worn everyday or on special occasions!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 5.75, but could easily be re-sized up or down as desired. The diamond and opal centerpiece measures approximately 5/8" in diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the platinum-topped gold setting. The black opal and the diamonds are all intact and secure within their setting.