Victorian opal and pearl marquise ring

Antique Victorian navette ring adorned with a precious Australian opal and seed pearls. Late 19th Century jewel, France, Belle Époque.

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Description

Victorian opal and pearl marquise ring in 18 karat yellow gold. A precious opal decorates the centre of the ring, in a serrated closed setting. The opal presents beautiful play of blue and green colours, it is surrounded by 18 half pearls, some made of glass. The ring is delicately decorated with a floral motif on the shoulders. Ring from the Belle Epoque period, France, late 19th Century.

Eagle head hallmark

Finger size: 54 EU or 6.5 US (adjustment possible)

Dimensions of the ring head: 1.9 cm x 0.9 cm

Estimated weight of the opal: 0.44 ct

Condition : a half pearl slightly sunken with a chip, antique setting.

Weight: 1.73 gr

Do you know this ? There are several types of opals : the precious opals and the common opals. The precious opals, like this one, have a play of colour due to the light. It is composed of tiny siliceous spheres aligned and of the same diameter. As the light hits the stone, and depending on the angle from which it is viewed, the opal’s surface plays with light. The common opal does not have luminous games, these spherules are disordered, and of different diameters, the light will only give it a “milky” aspect. It was a very fashionable stone during the Art Nouveau period, at the late 19th Century.

**The antique box is not sold with the item**

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Victorian opal and pearl marquise ring