Arts & Crafts Sterling/Gold-Filled Large 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 gorgeous opal ring from the Arts and Crafts (ca1910s) era! Crafted in sterling silver with gold-filled accents, this fabulous piece features an unusually large boulder opal at its center. The opal is smoothly polished into a oval-shaped cabochon and 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. The stone is bezel set and encircled by a very subtle scalloped frame and the design is completed at a wide, sterling band. Two feminine flowers topped with a 10kt yellow gold-fill overlay rest at either shoulder, creating a wonderful two-tone appeal and the silver band features a softly textured design along the surface. Stamped on the inside of the ring is "STERLING", "10K G.F." along side a small maker's mark. This fabulous ring is a nature lover's delight with the beautiful opal and the delicate flower motif. It makes a gorgeous statement when worn!
Measurement: The opal measures approximately 3/4" long and 1/2" at the widest point. It has a finger size of 7.75, but could easily be resized up or down if desired.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling and gold-filled setting or opal stone, which is secure in its setting.