Bursting with peacock feather hues of green and blue, this opal Victorian ring dates to circa 1870.
In 14k yellow gold, antique diamonds, touches of black enamel and an Australian opal, the design is memorable.
The 2.4 carat oval cabochon Australian opal dances with color and light. On the surface and midway through the gemstone, green, blues and some hints of purple predominate. But from underneath emanates an orange glow that moves through and around the stone as you turn and tilt the ring.
Four old mine cut diamonds rest at the cardinal points. One-third of a carat (.33) of diamonds at G-I color, and SI1-2 clarity provide sparkle. These are set within crown-shaped gold.
With intricate detailing, the shank has shoulders impressed with beading and a stylized leaf motif. Two horizontal enamel bands separate the triangular decorative motifs.