The Four Point Opal & Diamond Ring

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The Four Point Opal & Diamond Ring

1,900.00

Metal: 18K Yellow Gold & White Gold.

Stone: Opal & Rose Cut Diamonds

Era: 1910

Size: 6.5

What You Should Know: Opal is vibrant. French hallmarks. Diamonds are well matched.

*This Ring Can Be Resized

No other stone has felt the weight ofa rumor than the opal. Sometimes a rumor is just that.. a rumor. Based on fiction, with no ground to stand on, yet still devastating with the power to rapidly spread. Luckily, the opal proved its beauty to be true.

Historically speaking, opals have considered to be quite good luck. In ancient Rome, there were used as symbols of hope and love and in Greece, they were a stone of prophecy. Ancient Arabic legends say that opals fall from the heavens when lightning strikes. Pliny the elder wrote endlessly about the magic of opals, considering them to be marvelous since they had the ability to show the red of ruby, the green of emerald, the yellow of topaz, the blue of sapphire, and the purple of amethyst. It was all of the most beautiful things rolled into one.

In 1829, Sir Walter Scott wrote his hit novel Anne of Geierstein. The story’s leading lady, Hermione, wore on opal in her hair. When she was angry it flashed a fiery red, but sparkled when she was pleased. Because of this, it was thought that it was enchanted and so was sprinkled with holy water. The opal immediately lost its luster, and Hermione ends up tragically dying, only her opal to remain. After this (completely made up!) story was published, opal sales dropped by 50%. The novel almost completely destroyed the opal market, but Queen Victoria came to the rescue. She laughed at the superstition of opals and wore them with pride. She had her own impressive collection of fine opals and gifted each of her daughters one when they were married. Since Queen Victoria was the ultimate trendsetter of the time, opals were once again in high demand. Once again, opals were magnificent and loved.

This opal ring was made during the Art Nouveau movement, after Queen Victoria had revived opals. An iridescent smooth opal displays all the colors of the rainbow and plays beautifully in the light. A diamond is set on each cardinal point of the center stone, set onto a golden band. A fun little ring, full of energy and magic. Once again, a lucky charm.

 

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