A beautiful and well made Arts and crafts, Australian black opal and sterling silver (tested) ring. Circa 1890.
The Arts and Crafts movement feted the skills of the artisan jeweler, as a rebellion to what was considered the 'over industrialization' of artisan skills.
The natural world was often symbolized in both the art and jewelry. This lovely ring in the shape of an ivy leaf is a fine example.
The leaf shape sits sinuously around the finger, with the ring's band formed in the shape of an ivy tendril.
The black opal cabochons are set in colorful juxtaposition to the well styled sterling silver leaf, which has mesmerizing detail in its veining.
The North South measurement of the leaf is 1 and 1/8 inch or 29 mm, at the longest point.
The era often used sterling silver, and opals were a popular stone to use at that time.
This ring is not hallmarked with a makers mark which was not uncommon.
The ring size is: 7.5 (US, Canada); P (Australia, UK, NZ, Ireland); 17.75 (Germany, Belgium, Scandinavia); 16 (Italy); 15 (China, India, Japan)
The ring weighs 4.5 grams