Art Nouveau 14kt Boulder Opal Ring
Boulder opals are the rarest of all natural opal varieties, comprising only 2% of Australia's total opal population. In terms of value, they are considered second only to the popular Black Opal. The name "Boulder Opal" originates from their natural formation, where they are embedded into large ironstone boulders, often retaining part of their ironstone matrix when mined. Their unique appearance includes vibrant flashes of color enhanced by the ironstone matrix, which often appears as a black, brown, or grey base below the iridescent hues. 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 magnificent boulder opal ring from the Art Nouveau (ca1900) era! This stunning piece is crafted in 14kt yellow gold and adorns a vibrant boulder opal at the center of a decorative setting. The bezel set stone is quite unique, displaying an array of iridescent colors that are contained within a rich brown iron matrix base. The iridescent properties appear as swirls of shimmery color within the surrounding deep brown matrix, creating quite an eye-catching contrast. A swirled etched leaf motif encircles the stone and decorates the shoulders, providing wonderful texture to the design. Completing the piece is a smooth band that wraps around the back. Perfect for the opal lover, it makes an outstanding statement piece when worn!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 5, but could be re-sized. The centerpiece measures approximately 3/4" tall, 1/2" wide, and rests has a 1/4" above the finger when worn. The band measures 2.5mm wide at the back.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The boulder opal is intact and securely set.