Stunning vintage mid century natural opal cabochon halo cluster ring set in 14k yellow gold, size 7. Terrific play-of color, the opal in the center measures 8mm in diameter x 2.5mm depth, and is surrounded by 8 round opals which measure 2.5mm diameter x 1mm depth- (apx. 1.25 carat total weight of opals.) The ring measures 5/8" in diameter, band tapers to 1.2mm at the back of the ring shank and has a side profile rise of just over 1/4". Weighs 4.5 grams. Beautiful halo design all accented in between the rays of the halo and down the shoulders of the band with black enamel, really setting the opals with their wonderful play-of-color off to their best advantage. Hallmarked "14k" on the inside of the ring shank as well as maker marked "WL". In exceptional well babied condition, circa vintage estate mid century 1950s. Opal is the birthstone for the month of October.
About the maker- the "WL" maker mark is that of Knight FE Incorporated- (Franklin, Massachusetts). The company has since morphed into Castaldo® products and are manufactured in their new factory in Franklin, Massachusetts, located between Boston and Providence, R.I. HISTORY: Castaldo® has been a major part of jewelry casting since the industry's beginnings in the late 1940's. Dr. Ferdinand E. Knight applied the scientific training he had acquired as a medical student in Vienna, Austria before World War II to the new field when he arrived in the United States as an immigrant in 1938. His father, Dr. Leon Knecht, had been a dentist in Vienna and also ran a dental supply house there. During that period the techniques of dental casting, still practiced today, were first developed. Ferdinand Knight was one a handful of pioneers who adapted dental casting techniques to the mass production of jewelry by the lost wax casting method. For many decades he was a jewelry designer and contract caster in New York City and one of the small handful of craftsmen during that era who could cast platinum successfully. The company grew with the casting industry and currently is the world's leading producer of jewelry molding rubber products for lost wax casting.
Please note that opals are soft delicate stones and are not recommended for every day wear. They require a little extra TLC: when cleaning, use only very mild soap and water (nothing with citrus infused acidics and NEVER in an ultrasonic cleaner), we like liquid Dove and a very soft baby tooth brush, drying thoroughly with a soft terry cloth towel, and oiling the stone occasionally to keep it moisturized with baby or olive oil. Since opals are comprised of up to 30% water they dehydrate easily and require this oiling on a regular basis. Store your opal jewelry separately and in crush proof storage containers.
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