Modernist Mexican Fire Opal Ring
Known as wearable art, the majority of the pieces of modernist jewelry are studio-produced, handmade and one of a kind. Seeing the craft as an art movement (Arts and Crafts) and the Art Nouveau style as being overdone, the Modernists incorporated the simplicity of the former and the surreal biomorphic aspects of the later in a “stripped down” version of form follows function.
This example displays the use of organic and geometric forms reinterpreted in a surrealistic manner. A magnificent oval Mexican fire opal cabochon of about .75 carats flashes with a palette of colors of the sun (flaming orange, streaks of burning yellow) and colors of nature (brown, neon green).
Twisting branch forms of 14k yellow gold sinuously undulate and intertwine to create the perfect setting to honor the superb gemstone clutched within its tangled embrace.
Measurements: 3/8 of an inch (1.0 cm) in width north to south on the hand by 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) in diameter of opal. Rises 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) from the finger. Weight of 3.6 grams (2.3 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6-1/2 (UK M-1/2; Euro 17, 53.5 mm) and can easily be sized to fit most.
Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: 14k and G11.
Condition: Very good; one fine vertical scratch (about 3.4 mm long) down part of the opal visible with a loupe; brown inclusions and part of the matrix of the opal are apparent. See photographs.
Date & Origin: Circa 1970 and is American in origin.
Note: All gemstone weights are approximate as the stones have not been removed in order to preserve the integrity of the setting.
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