Ancient Roman Inspired Opal Ring
This ring is inspired by ancient Roman jewellery, made in buttery 22 and 18ct gold with a solid Australian boulder opal. The opal size in setting measures 2cm x 1cm x 0.47cm
Ring size P, please get in touch regarding sizing
Opal, the birthstone of October, represents confidence, faith, and hope. People who have it as their birthstone have a certain magnetism, which helps them make friends very easily. Opals were considered among the most magical of gemstones. Because of their highly desirable play of colors and stunning natural attributes, the opal was highly valued and coveted, and used to be considered the stone of kings. It is also the stone given to celebrate 14 years of marriage.
Charmian Harris was born in Bath, Somerset in 1953 and spent much of her early childhood in Nigeria, returning to England aged 9 when her family settled in Cambridge. She trained initially in ceramics at Cambridge School of Art, later specialising in ceramics at the West Surrey School of Art, Farnham.
Charmian works in different carats and colours of gold as well as silver, precious and semiprecious stones. Sometimes she works with sea glass and dichroic glass and also unusual pebbles from rivers and beaches. She often fuses the metal before use, giving it a texture and softness that she enjoys. She uses charcoal blocks to cast the shanks of rings and to make the solid gold and silver beads which she uses as components in necklaces. Charmian uses hand tools and very simple equipment. Each piece is individually made.
She cuts and shapes her own stones, when necessary, using a diamond saw and carborundum wheels. Her stones come from all over world…sometimes she travels to choose them herself, otherwise she buys them from collectors, dealers and, in the case of Australian Opals, from the miners themselves.
To look after your jewellery we recommend it must not be worn in the bath, shower or whilst swimming and we advise any perfume or hairspray is to be applied before putting on your jewellery to avoid contact with chemicals and cosmetics. Please remove your jewellery before engaging in practical activities such as sport.
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