Victorian opal and diamond cluster ring, from about 1900


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Here’s a classic late Victorian opal and diamond cluster ring.

The mood here is Georgian Revival, with pavé-set diamonds closely surrounding the opals.

The scrolling tri-part shoulders are also borrowed from late Georgian design.

The accent diamonds are single cuts – they weren’t available to the Georgians, who would have used tiny rose cuts instead.

Single cuts are a brighter alternative, and soon became the shape of choice in stones too small for a full brilliant cut.

The opals are predominately blue and pink and, like many of their kind, really come alive in low light.


• Handmade in 18-carat yellow gold with a silver top
• Set with six oval cabochon cut natural crystal opals
• Old round cut diamond at centre estimated at 0.07 carats, graded set as H/VS
• 30 old single cut diamonds around petalled border estimated to total 0.30 carats, graded set as H/VS-SI
• Comes with an independent insurance valuation for $8,000
• Size approximately 7 1/2 or O 1/2, but easily resized free of charge
• Face of ring is 14.3mm (just over 1/2 inch) in diameter
• Weight is 3.4 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: the antique diamond halo ring is for sale separately (the three-stone ring has sold) – please get in touch if you’d like information about it

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