14k Arts & Crafts Opal Eternity Ring

A marvelous and hard-to-find c. 1900s Arts and Crafts movement eternity band ring, crafted in solid 14k rose gold and set with six greenish-blue natural opals weighing approximate 2.4 ctw. Cleverly designed openwork vines curl and frame the opals in a continuous movement around the finger.

Full of whimsy and unpretentious allure, this ring is a representative example of the Arts and Crafts design movement, which arose in the late 19th century as an artisan and guild driven protest against industrialization and machine manufacturing. Drawing inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites and Asian art, Arts and Crafts design offer shapes and contours that seem rooted in a time before culture and civilization, creating a ‘folklore and magic’ kind of overall effect.

Description

Date: c. 1900 – 1910s, Arts and Crafts movement

Size: USA 7.75, UK O 1/2, EU 56

Materials: 14k rose gold, natural opal

Weight: 4.3 grams

Marks: [14k] for solid 14k gold

Dimension of opals: six 6.3 x 4 mm oval cabochons (approx. 2.4 ctw)

Height / thickness of band: 3 mm

Width of band: 6.6 mm

Condition: generally good antique condition. All six opals are secure in their settings. However, there are the following age flaws–
– three of the opals have small chips or nibbles to corners
– one opal is not perfectly aligned with its setting (it is however secure)
– general age-related surface wear to the gold surface.