O Valor Ring in 14k Gold - Australian Opal
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A 14k gold ring, made by Poor Mouchette, featuring a pair of stately Iris flowers, that flank a flush, bezel-set Australian opal. In the Victorian language of flowers the Iris represents "a message." We owe this coded meaning to the flower's namesake, the Greek messenger goddess Iris, who travels between the heavens and the earth, upon the rainbow, bringing tidings. The Iris flower is also a traditional symbol of valor, and the way these two irises seem to stand guard to either side of their pool-like gem, sweetly reflects that idea. If jewelry can mean, then this little ring means "go forth bravely with your message (of love?) . . ." or something like that!
This ring's highly-detailed shank has been carefully moulded and cast in the likeness of a Victorian-era ring. The very small scale and fine execution of these carvings is wonderful, and unlike anything being produced today. The back of the tapering band is smooth.
US 6 1/4. If you need a different size, please make a note at checkout.
Bezel measures approx 7.5 x 8.5 mm. Carving extends down each shoulder approx 12 mm. Band measures approx 7.4 mm at the shoulder and tapers to approx 1.6 mm at the back. Weight is approx 2.5 grams.
This ring is also available, made to order (this listing is for the opal ring you see pictured). Please allow 3 - 5 weeks for us to complete your jewel. I am happy to customize the center stone to suit your taste or symbolic preferences— opal, bloodstone, lapis, and turquoise would all be good choices for this design.
All gemstones are hand-selected and custom cut locally to fit Poor Mouchette's rings. Opal, bloodstone and turquoise are unique gems— you can expect gems of a similar high quality to those pictured here, but also please expect variation in color, figuring and display of fire. Our opals are opal through-and-through; they are not backed.