Nouveau Boulder Opal Ring with White Opal and Diamond Ring

About Details History

Boulder opal is what you get when silica rich water is trapped in the cracks and grooves of a pebble rock and evaporates under just the right conditions to form precious opal. This slightly wild and utterly fabulous Art Nouveau ring is made in 18k yellow gold and platinum with a vibrant zebra-striped boulder opal cabochon flanked by fringes of fiery white opals and old European cut diamonds. 

 

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  • Materials: 18k gold, platinum, 13.6 x 9.2mm boulder opal cabochon, 2 4 x 3.4mm white opal cabochons, old European cut diamonds: .04ct, .07ct, 2 x .11ct
  • Age: c. 1910
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 8.25, can be resized; 1.5mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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About Details History

Boulder opal is what you get when silica rich water is trapped in the cracks and grooves of a pebble rock and evaporates under just the right conditions to form precious opal. This slightly wild and utterly fabulous Art Nouveau ring is made in 18k yellow gold and platinum with a vibrant zebra-striped boulder opal cabochon flanked by fringes of fiery white opals and old European cut diamonds. 

 

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  • Materials: 18k gold, platinum, 13.6 x 9.2mm boulder opal cabochon, 2 4 x 3.4mm white opal cabochons, old European cut diamonds: .04ct, .07ct, 2 x .11ct
  • Age: c. 1910
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 8.25, can be resized; 1.5mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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ART NOUVEAU (1890-1910) Art Nouveau gets its name from the Maison de l’art Nouveau, a French art gallery that supported artists and designers working in the new fluid, sensual style. Leading jewelers put more emphasis on the purity and beauty of the design, and less on how it functioned as a product. The female nude and her flowing hair appeared frequently, alongside dreamy, romantic semiprecious stones like moonstone, opal, aquamarine, tourmaline, and peridot. Art Nouveau jewelers, often influenced by depictions of nature in Japanese art, looked to the natural world for inspiration. Orchids, irises, lilies, ferns, snakes, dragonflies, and butterflies were all prevalent motifs. Exquisite enamel work and simpler gem cuts like the the rounded cabochon were favored. The organic shapes of freshwater pearls, shells, coral branches, and turquoise in matrix were admired for their roughness.
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