SOLD: Early Art Deco fire opal and diamond ring, circa 1920


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This stunning fire opal and diamond plaque ring from about 1920 combines elements of both Edwardian and Art Deco styles.

The vibrant colour of the Mexican fire opal contrasting with the white diamonds speaks of the early Art Deco period when bold new colour combinations ran riot.

The rectangular shape with cut-off corners was a popular choice in Edwardian rings, reminiscent of late 18th and early 19th examples.

It sits very low on the finger, creating a two-dimensional effect also reminiscent of those earlier rings.

By the end of the Edwardian period platinum was the metal of choice for high-end jewellery.

Jewellers had learned to exploit its ability to create ultra-fine yet secure settings for gemstones, such as here, where the metal virtually disappears and the gems are able to star unimpeded in their simple but striking geometric display.


• Handmade in platinum
• Vivid orange rectangular step cut Mexican fire opal measuring 13 x 9.5 x 4.3mm estimated at 3.00 carats
• 26 old single round cut diamonds in border and 14 old round brilliant cut diamonds on shoulders estimated to total 0.40 carats, graded set as H/SI
• Comes with an independent insurance valuation for $10,750
• Size approximately 7 1/2 or O 1/2, but easily resized free of charge
• Face of ring is 1.7cm (nearly 3/4 inch) tall
• Weight is 4.5 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: some of the other rings are for sale separately (some have sold) – please get in touch if you’d like information about any of them

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

I accept returns within 14 days if you’re not delighted with your purchase.

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