Cut: Oval Cabochon
Weight & Colour: White Opals measure from 7 x 5mm to 4 x 3mm
Material: 18ct Yellow Gold
Hallmarked London 1903
Ian Abeshouse Valuation
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Edwardian five stone opal ring. The graduated five white opals are claw set in 18ct yellow gold in a half hoop design on a 2 mm band. The opals measure 7 x 5 to 4 x 3 mm. The ring is hallmarked: London 1903.
Edwardian & Belle Époque Period (1901 - 1910):
Named after the reigning King Edward VII and with notable influences from French Rococo décor, this period was the shortest in antique jewellery history. However, it was during this time that platinum was introduced into the art of jewellery making which changed the way diamonds could be set. The popular jewellery design at the time was the “garland” which flowed on from the Art Nouveau period as it focused on nature but more particularly, on flowers and leaves often arranged in some circular shape. Through the use of milgrain and pierced and engraved metals, the Belle Époque designs gave way to jewellery that mimicked the delicate nature of lace and ribbon with natural pearls and old mine cut diamonds being the material of choice.