Posted 5 years ago
This black opal and diamond ring probably dates circa 1910.
The opal is just over 4mm, about a third of a carat. The 10x 2mm diamonds are old European or transitional cuts, also totaling about 0.3ct. They're set in a platinum top over 18ct yellow gold.
These early rings are a little window into the history of opals. This one has a black opal from Lightning Ridge with a bright red flash. It must have been a fabulously exotic thing to see or own in the Edwardian era, just a few years after these stones first came to the market in 1904.
It was probably an engagement ring, and I imagine a proud bride-to-be receiving this from her (maybe Australian?) suitor, then showing it to her friends and family, it would've been something very special back in the day.