I’m always on the lookout for marvelous opal rings, and I often come across 3 and 5 stone varieties in the very typical English Victorian fashion, but I have to admit that when I saw this particular ring my jaw just about hit the floor. Once I had lifted said jaw and tucked it back neatly into place, I had no choice but to slip this large and luscious beauty onto my finger and bring it home with me. This is, without a doubt, the biggest, boldest and most fabulous example of a 3 stone ring I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Far, oh so very far, from typical.
Hand crafted in 18 karat gold around the turn of the (last) century, this circa 1900 ring is graced with three voluptuous opals with fantastic play of color in flashes of blue, green, orange, red and yellow. The center stone is an approximately 1.7 carat round cabochon gem and the two side opals are cabochon egg shapes that add up to another 1.2 carats in bright opal gems. Interspersed between the opals are 5-7 point old European cut diamonds for added sparkle and flash, these add up to about .35 carats total weight. This ring is a size 9 and while it could be re-sized a little bit, it’s scale dictates that it be worn on a finger of about this size. The ring measures 9.8 mm from north to south and 26.3 mm from east to west and sits 6.4 mm off the finger, it narrows to 1.7 mm at the back of the band. This ring has no marks but has been acid tested to verify it’s content at 18 karat gold.
This stunning ring was no doubt worn by important lady of the day, I have yet to meet its equal.
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Item ID: RG0215044V