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Posted 1 year ago

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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, 1 year ago
    It's a beauty for sure!
  2. Celiene Celiene, 1 year ago
  3. kyratango kyratango, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    I just uploaded one of my pieces! Thanks for the name approval :) I love enameled jewelry, especially from Germany.
  7. kyratango kyratango, 1 year ago
    Hoorrah! More Meyle and enamel needed ;-)))
  8. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 1 year ago
    Okay, will do :)
  9. Jewels1900 Jewels1900, 1 year 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, 1 year ago
    Such a beautiful ring.......the colour is wonderful!!
  11. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 1 year 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, 11 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, 11 months ago
    ...and welcome to CW! I'm so happy to see another jewelry collector here! :)
  14. Enameled_Beetle Enameled_Beetle, 11 months ago
    Thanks so much Elisabethan! :)

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