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previous story7 Most Pinned Brilliant Earth Rings next storyArt Deco Rings Like Cara Delevingne’s (Rumored) Engagement Ring October 8, 20168 Stunning Vintage Opal Rings Celeste Perron facebook tumblr gplus email Opals make a less expected focal point for an engagement ring, but we’ve seen a steady rise in couples seeking vintage opal rings. We suspect these couples love that opal rings are a distinctive choice, while still possessing a timeless beauty.Because of the unique way they feature multiple colors within a single gemstone, opals are mesmerizing to behold. The word opal was likely derived from the Greek word “opallios,” which means “to be a change” and could refer to the way opals appear different from different angles.Opals have been prized since ancient times, when Greeks believed they gave their owners powers of prophecy and protection from illness. Ancient Romans considered opal to be the most precious gem, and Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning that fell to earth.Opals became especially fashionable in Victorian England in the 1870s, after many were discovered in Australia. Jewelry lover Queen Victoria developed a passion for opals and gave them to her friends’ daughters as gifts. For that reason you’ll often see opals in vintage Victorian rings. Opals were also popular during the Art Nouveau era, when artistic jewelry designers were drawn to these gems’ mysterious and romantic beauty.If you love opals, check out these stunning vintage opal engagement rings from a range of vintage design eras:The Deon RingThis marvelous Art-Deco reproduction features a distinctive marquise shaped opal. A storm of blues and greens plays in the opal cabochon, which is encircled by scintillating round brilliant diamond accents and a baguette cut diamond on each shoulder, making this ring even more captivating.The Glasgow RingRetro luxury and Edwardian romance mingle in the Glasgow Ring. Five oval shaped cabochon opals are set delicately in yellow gold with eight rose cut diamond accents. The Mindi RingDesigned during the glamorous Retro era, the Mindi Ring showcases opal cabochon lofted above a halo of glittering single cut diamond accents.The Marsielle RingThis breathtaking ring from the 1950’s features an oval-shaped opal cabochon as its centerpiece. Egyptian motifs adorn the shoulders in meticulously crafted metal detailing for a one-of-a-kind look.The Lorretta RingA Victorian-era treasure, this ring features a mesmerizing opal cabochon accented by cushion shaped natural purple sapphires and four rose cut diamondsThe Artie RingThe delicate flower pattern created by 9 colorful opals makes this Retro-era ring a perfect vintage find.The Ariya Ring Three iridescent milky opals captivate in their yellow gold setting. Clusters of round accent diamonds on each shoulder add sparkle and brilliance to this Retro-era ring.The Bobbie RingThis unique and beautiful ring features a round brilliant diamond surrounded by a spectacular halo of enchanting oval-shaped opal cabochonsFinal ThoughtsDo you love opals? Which of these opal engagement rings is your favorite? Let us on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!
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Opals make a less expected focal point for an engagement ring, but we’ve seen a steady rise in couples seeking vintage opal rings. We suspect these couples love that opal rings are a distinctive choice, while still possessing a timeless beauty.Because of the unique way they feature multiple colors within a single gemstone, opals are mesmerizing to behold. The word opal was likely derived from the Greek word “opallios,” which means “to be a change” and could refer to the way opals appear different from different angles.Opals have been prized since ancient times, when Greeks believed they gave their owners powers of prophecy and protection from illness. Ancient Romans considered opal to be the most precious gem, and Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning that fell to earth.Opals became especially fashionable in Victorian England in the 1870s, after many were discovered in Australia. Jewelry lover Queen Victoria developed a passion for opals and gave them to her friends’ daughters as gifts. For that reason you’ll often see opals in vintage Victorian rings. Opals were also popular during the Art Nouveau era, when artistic jewelry designers were drawn to these gems’ mysterious and romantic beauty.If you love opals, check out these stunning vintage opal engagement rings from a range of vintage design eras:The Deon RingThis marvelous Art-Deco reproduction features a distinctive marquise shaped opal. A storm of blues and greens plays in the opal cabochon, which is encircled by scintillating round brilliant diamond accents and a baguette cut diamond on each shoulder, making this ring even more captivating.The Glasgow RingRetro luxury and Edwardian romance mingle in the Glasgow Ring. Five oval shaped cabochon opals are set delicately in yellow gold with eight rose cut diamond accents. The Mindi RingDesigned during the glamorous Retro era, the Mindi Ring showcases opal cabochon lofted above a halo of glittering single cut diamond accents.The Marsielle RingThis breathtaking ring from the 1950’s features an oval-shaped opal cabochon as its centerpiece. Egyptian motifs adorn the shoulders in meticulously crafted metal detailing for a one-of-a-kind look.The Lorretta RingA Victorian-era treasure, this ring features a mesmerizing opal cabochon accented by cushion shaped natural purple sapphires and four rose cut diamondsThe Artie RingThe delicate flower pattern created by 9 colorful opals makes this Retro-era ring a perfect vintage find.The Ariya Ring Three iridescent milky opals captivate in their yellow gold setting. Clusters of round accent diamonds on each shoulder add sparkle and brilliance to this Retro-era ring.The Bobbie RingThis unique and beautiful ring features a round brilliant diamond surrounded by a spectacular halo of enchanting oval-shaped opal cabochonsFinal ThoughtsDo you love opals? Which of these opal engagement rings is your favorite? Let us on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!
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Opal Do you know what role opals played in the marriage of Napoleon and Josephine? Did you know that Shakespeare writes about opal in his plays? Explore our collection of information about opal and opal jewelry throughout history. Discover the cultural and religious history of opal, the physical properties of opal, and learn how to care for your opal jewelry. The Meaning, History, Lore, and Mystical Powers of Opal
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Diamonds only really became the must have engagement ring gemstone in the early to mid 20th century after an advertising campaign by De Beers. Before that, color gemstones were much more common to use for opal engagement rings. In ancient times, opals were believed to be hugely lucky gemstones as it was believed they possessed the powers of all the gemstones of the colours in the opal. However, in the 1800’s a character from a Walter Scott wore an enchanted opal stone and when it touched water, the character turned to ash. Pretty soon after that, opals lost their popularity for being an engagement or wedding ring and gained the diamond wedding ring more popularity. Nowadays, finding the perfect vintage opal engagement ring has become a real obsession for many to-become-brides. We gathered a beautiful selection of modern and antique opal rings for your inspiration below.
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Do you know what role opals played in the marriage of Napoleon and Josephine? Did you know that Shakespeare writes about opal in his plays? Explore our collection of information about opal and opal jewelry throughout history. Discover the cultural and religious history of opal, the physical properties of opal, and learn how to care for your opal jewelry.
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You might not think “engagement ring” when you think of an opal, but more and more brides are turning to this colorful semi-translucent stone for this important time in their life—and more and more jewelers are offering it! While opals are experiencing a major resurgence, they’ve been beloved for some time: they were thought to be the most precious stone by ancient Romans, and were prized possessions of Queen Victoria. In fact, opals were a relatively rare, sought-after stone for centuries thanks to their luminous properties that cause multiple colors to nearly burst through the stone’s exterior when the light hits it. No two opals are the same, and they come in a range of different mesmerizing hues. Due to their popularity in the late 19th century, you can naturally find many opals in vintage settings—but that doesn’t mean antique or vintage-inspired jewelry is the only way to wear an opal engagement ring. Designers have concocted a series of stunning creations for these fiery, one-of-a-kind gemstones. There are the modern iterations, from a teardrop bezel-set solitaire to a multi-stone setting with diamonds surrounding the center. You can also find an opal nestled underneath a gold setting with a diamond set directly above it, or an asymmetrical cluster setting. If you do want a Victorian-era (or other vintage-style) ring, you have plenty of options, from a regal halo to a highly ornate diamond-studded yellow gold mosaic-like setting. Opals are on the softer side as far as gemstones go, so look for rings with protective settings—and get it insured. Ready to discover all that opals have to offer? Click through to see these radiant gemstones in some of our favorite settings. Anna Sheffield Opal Engagement Ring Anna Sheffield opal “Bea” engagement ring with champagne diamonds and inverted trillions, $5,500, annasheffield.com.

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