Black Opal Ring with Diamonds English, circa 1958 For Sale
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Black Opal Ring with Diamonds English, circa 1958

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A brilliantly colorful 14.27 mm x 11 mm solid (not a doublet or triplet) black opal from Australia's famed Lightning Ridge is the breathtaking kaleidoscopic centerpiece of this English halo ring. Hand-crafted in rich 18k yellow gold, the black opal displays broad flashes of red, pink, orange & purple along with every other color in the spectrum. Black opals that feature flashes of red are the most prized and valued of all opals, while those displaying blue and green are the most common. Making this opal all the more spectacular is the fact that it's a rare opal that displays all the colors of the spectrum which this one does. The opal is different every time you look at it and depending upon the angle you will see a different play of color. With the ring on the desk before me positioned at a ¾ angle, I see orange, red, a line of teal blue, yellow, violet, deep purple and turquoise. When I turn the opal to face me I see red, yellow, orange, blue, purple, green. I have always loved opals. Especially black opals. But finding a black opal with red as primary coloring is always a challenge. When one judges an opal, one must take into account the percentage of the opal that displays color versus the percentage that is rather dark or inactive. This opal is lively throughout the stone with no areas of extinction. Black opals have their own unique grading system where N1 is a pure black background and N9 is light gray. This is an N4 opal and it's bright and lively. Instead of tiny dots of color, this opal displays broad patches of coloring in a harlequin pattern; perhaps the most desirable opal coloring pattern. Surrounding the opal are 16 round full-cut diamonds set into silver that weigh about a carat. The diamonds are white and eye-clean. I searched for many years and in many countries before I finally found this opal ring in London. It is a spectacular ring. Currently a size 6, your local jeweler could resize it for you. Fully hallmarked. "EWA" maker's mark

Details

  • In the Style Of
  • Place of Origin
    England
  • Date of Manufacture
    1958
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    Excellent condition with no signs of damage or repair. Opal is without cracks or crazing.
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158918772641
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