Exquisite 1960's cocktail ring with a large sherbet-hued Australian opal set in 14k gold and surrounded by 2 carats of natural emeralds and 0.5 carats of small shining diamonds. Throughout most of history, the opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all the gems because it embodies all of the colors in the visible spectrum. In ancient Rome, the gem symbolized love and hope. Arabic legends say it falls from the heavens in flashes of lightning. The ancient Greeks believed opals were the tears of Zeus and would impart them with the gift of prophecy and protect them from disease. And in Europe, opals were treasured and worn by monarchs not only for their beauty but for their purported protective powers. Set into crowns and worn as necklaces, opals were said to ward off evil and nightmares.