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The opal has fallen in and out of favour throughout history. It went through a particularly tough time in the early and middle 1800's, when a novel by Sir Walter Scott cursed the opal as a bad-luck talisman. In his sensationally popular book Anne of Geuerstein, the heroine lives a terrible life and dies a tragic death all because of the bad juju brought upon her by her opal ring. Luckily, Queen Victoria (in her infinite wisdom) ended this silly, superstitious trend when she commissioned opal jewellery as gifts for her daughter's wedding guests. This Edwardian ring is made in 18k yellow gold and platinum with five opal cabochons of graduating sizes prong-set across the face. Materials: 18k yellow gold, platinum, 5 x white opal cabochons. Age: c. 1900. Condition: Excellent. Size: US 6.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90. Colour: grey