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Opal Rings6 of 18Rhoda Wager (signed) Silver & Boulder Opal RingAntique 1ct Black Opal  Ring with 1ct of Diamonds
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    Posted 5 years ago

    kiwipaul
    (117 items)

    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.

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    Comments

    1. Celiene Celiene, 5 years ago
      Beauty!
    2. Bluboi Bluboi, 5 years ago
      Would sure like to see a photo of all of your rings lined up together! You have an amazing collection!
    3. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 5 years ago
      Hi Bluboi, if you ran into my wife in the mall you'd see a good few of them lined up, she's still trying to grow more fingers so she can wear more of them at once!
    4. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      LOL! I know the problem of too many rings and not enough fingers!
    5. antiquerose antiquerose, 5 years ago
      LOL.............AGREE with Bonnie!!

      Keeping the posts coming Paul !!!!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Very interesting post, and beautiful opal.
      For sure it have must been an amazing conversation piece then!

      Lol for your wife wishing to grow more fingers :-D
      Perhaps that's why I collect mostly brooches... wider area to wear them ;-))
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      Beautiful colors precious piece.

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