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Posted 7 months ago

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Hello,

I recently purchased this ring as I am drawn to the arts and crafts movement (or any piece of vintage/antique jewelry). It has a double shank and is unmarked. All signs point to it being gold and I did purchase it as gold. I think the opal is a triplet but I have not seen one before with a white backing? I was wondering if anyone could help identify the artist. It looks similar to some of the Rhoda Wager rings but I do not know much about Wager's work.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. Karenoke Karenoke, 7 months ago
    It's a beauty for sure!
  2. Celiene Celiene, 7 months ago
    Gorgeous!
  3. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
    I love double shanks rings and collect them, yours is so beautiful, and un doubtfully gold!

    Never seen a white back on a triplet or doublet opal either...

    Welcome to CW! :-D
  4. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 7 months ago
    Thanks Karenoke and Celiene!

    Thanks so much Kyratango! You have so many beautiful pieces in your collection, I am also a fan of Meyle & Mayer! I have a couple pieces that I will try to post later today.
  5. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
    Ooh! Can't wait to see your Meyle and Mayer pieces!!!
    I forgot to say your name "Enameled_Beetle" is a bait for me ;-)) BUUG POWER!
  6. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 7 months ago
    I just uploaded one of my pieces! Thanks for the name approval :) I love enameled jewelry, especially from Germany.
  7. kyratango kyratango, 7 months ago
    Hoorrah! More Meyle and enamel needed ;-)))
  8. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 7 months ago
    Okay, will do :)
  9. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 6 months ago
    Hi fellow enamel lover! Welcome to CW.

    I saw your ring when it was for sale. An unusual place for find an Australian Arts & Crafts piece but it just goes to show you can find treasure in the most unlikely places.

    Here's what I can tell you about it.

    It's unlikely to be by either of the Wagers. Here's a thread where her work is discussed a bit more - http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/191415-this-is-a-rhoda-wager-boulder-opal-ring

    Jewellery in the Arts & Crafts style was popular in Australia right up until the 1940's & particularly during the depression. Many commercial retailers made & sold Arts & Crafts jewellery, both high & low end. One of Australia's biggest jewellery retailer, Prouds, made their own range.

    Rhoda also had a many apprentices who went on to work for retailers or set up their own studios. That's why you find a lot of jewels, particularly rings, that look like Wager but aren't quite.

    Solid gold is unusual, most Australian Arts & Craft pieces are in silver.

    I also have an opal ring that's white on the bottom. I think it's a solid opal, however, my knowledge of stones is limited. Kiwipaul knows a lot more about opals than I do.

    Hope that helps.
  10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 6 months ago
    Such a beautiful ring.......the colour is wonderful!!
  11. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 6 months ago
    Thanks TassieDevil!

    Hi Jewels1900,
    Thanks so much for your detailed response. It definitely is helpful! I purchased the ring because I thought it was beautiful and did not know anything about Rhoda Wager. It is interesting how buying a new piece of jewelry can open you up to a whole new field to learn about that you did not know about before.
  12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 months ago
    Lovely ring! Yes new pieces opens up new fields to explore in jewelry, that's why it's always so interesting! :)
  13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 months ago
    ...and welcome to CW! I'm so happy to see another jewelry collector here! :)
  14. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 5 months ago
    Thanks so much Elisabethan! :)

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