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Enchanting Victorian interchangeable ring necklace with opulent opal and diamonds

Antique jewelry object group: Ring and necklace. The diamond cluster with opal center can be attached on top of the ring or on the pendant of the necklace.

Condition: excellent condition
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Country of origin: France

Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Style specifics: Victorian - In 1837 Queen Victoria begins the longest reign in the history of Great Britain. For 64 years, from 1837 till 1901, she symbolizes the growth and triumph of the British Empire as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India. Proud, passionate about beautiful things, highly educated about all styles of time, she influences the lifestyles through her taste and immense love of jewelry.

Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era. (Last part freely rendered from: Wikipedia)

Period: ca. 1900
  -  (events & facts of this era, poetry of this era, fashion of this era)

Material: Two tones of precious metal, the main part being 18K yellow gold and the white parts are either white gold or platinum.
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Technique: Although the back of this jewel is in yellow gold, the gemstones are set in 18K white gold/platinum. This finds it origin in a much older period where it was common for diamonds to be set in silver (see also explanation on silver on gold).

Extra information: Opal - Opals are found in many colors, ranging from clear to white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black.
The mysterious opal can evoke as many convictions and superstitions, as it can twinkle colours. In the Arabic world, it was said that opals fall from the heavens during lightning storms. The Romans thought that this one gemstone beheld the power of all gemstones, because it displays all of their different colours at once.

Diamond(s): One old European cut diamond with an estimated weight of 0.45ct.
18 old brilliant cut diamonds with an estimated weight of 1.26ct.

Total diamond count: 19 pcs.

Total diamond weight: approx. 1.71 crt. with an average colour and clarity: G/I, si.

- All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.

Precious stones: One natural precious opal with an estimated weight of 4.70ct.
Specifics: A stunning play-of-colour

Birthstones: Opal is the birthstone (or month stone) for October and diamond for April.
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More background information on: vintage jewelry, victorian, antique jewelry, birthstone october, opal, diamond,

Signature: Marked "P" and "G" with a rooster of duck in between the letters, all within a lozenge outline. Perhaps referring to Galliano.

Hallmarks: The French control mark for 18K gold representing an eagle's head that was in use in France from about 1838.
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Dimensions: Cluster length ca. 2,06 cm (0,81 inch) x width ca. 1,59 cm (0,63 inch) x height ca. 1,04 cm (0,41 inch).
Length of necklace ca. 16,80 cm (6,61 inch), length pendant ca. 3,00 cm (1,18 inch)

Weight: 12,30 gram (7,91 dwt)

Ring size Continental: 50 & 16 , Size US 5¼ , Size UK: J½

Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 17209-0117

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