Like clouds on fire at sunset, like volatile ancient galaxies, opals like this just capture your gaze and refuse to let go. Ancient stories tell of the God of Storms who became so jealous of the God of Rainbows that he broke him all to pieces and where those fractured pieces of the Rainbow God landed, the ground turned to opals. It's easy to see why one might believe such tales, for opals such as this defy logic, their fantastical glowing auroras seem other worldly, a painted universe encapsulated.
This wonderful ring was hand crafted in the Edwardian era, around 1910; it is set with three bright and lively opals which are surrounded by a sea of winking diamonds. The three center stones are oval cabochons of opal, the center is set vertically and measures 6.5x5x2.2 mm and weighs about .44 carats, the other two opals are set horizontally and measure 4.4x 3.2x2.1 mm and weigh about .18 carats each. The opals are surrounded by 24 old European cut diamonds of .025 carats each for a total weight in diamonds of approximately 0.60 carats. The ring is crafted in 18 yellow gold and is marked inside the band with ’18’ indicating the karat. The ring is further marked with a makers mark of ‘A&W’ and a number, 32187. The face of this ring measures 16.4 mm across, 10.4 mm north to south and sits 5 mm off the finger, it narrows to 1.8 mm wide at the back of the band. This 3.7 gram ring is a size 7.25.
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