Victorian Large Opal & Diamond 'Eye' Ring
A wonderful large ring from the later Victorian period, c1880s. The ring is made form 18ct gold and has a marvellous large opal at the centre. The opal has gentle flashes of colour throughout, very difficult to capture in the photography, and is a beautiful size. To either side of this are three old mine cut diamonds. They glisten prettily in their claw settings and offset the opal perfectly. The ring has a traditional pierced gallery, very typical of the period, though it appears to me to resemble an eye. The eye has long been viewed as a symbol of protection and has been worn as a talisman to 'turn back harm'. This is an unusual period ring and the lovely large size means that it makes a super statement on the hand.
Materials - 18ct Gold (marked), Opal, Diamonds
Age - C1880s
Size - The opal measures approx 12mm by 9mm. The setting measures approx 25mm across.
Ring size UK P 1/2 US 7 3/4 This ring could be resized.
Condition - Very good. It looks as though the claws have been re-tipped at some point. The diamonds are fairly low grade, noted for accuracy only.
Weight - 4.35g