Posted 7 years ago
This silver ring is set with a very attractive 20 x 15mm piece of boulder opal with strong greens and smatterings of purple. It's the sort of stone that was used in early British Arts & Crafts pieces, with ironstone boulder showing through adding to its character.
This is another "School of Rhoda Wager" piece, contemporary with, and influenced by Australia's famous Arts & Crafts jeweller.
The use of boulder opal is interesting, because it was the material used by Rhoda in a couple of her Exhibition pieces. This can be seen in two of the well documented pieces on the Powerhouse Museum website identified as "black opal" that are actually boulder.
I'll add the links to those Powerhouse Museum images in a comment below so they appear as live URLs.