Britt’s Pick: Black Opal Butterfly Ring by Lee Jewellery

Sometimes too much of a good thing is just too much. That couldn’t be further from the truth in this example from Lee Jewellery, and believe me when I say, it has a lot of a good thing.

Namely, the thing that it possesses an extraordinarily generous amount of is color.

I should preface this by saying—and you’ve probably heard this from me time and time again—that I am whatever the opposite of a butterfly fan is (a non-fan, I suppose). So it would take something pretty extraordinary to convince me to enjoy the little bugger in jewelry form. This ring is that something extraordinary. It’s positively bubbly, radiant with color and joy, overflowing from every inch of its being.

I would say that the pear-shape black opal, clocking in at 8.63 cts., is the star of the design, and that’s probably pretty close to true. But this is an ensemble cast, complete with a rainbow array of colored gemstones, and—the really cool finishing touch—titanium anodized to shades of purple and blue, all glistening and bright. There are more than 12 cts. of the colored gemstones gathered along the wings of this playful piece, bordered with a row of diamonds—which also scatter along the ring’s band—for good measure.

Founded by designer Maggie Lee, Lee Jewellery is a Taiwanese brand specializing in colorful designs like these, inspired by the tropical colors of its home base. You can find Lee Jewellery on Facebook and as an exhibitor at a variety of jewelry shows here and abroad (including JCK Las Vegas). If you’re in the market for opal, there’s plenty more where this came from, as creations featuring stones such as imperial topaz, paraiba, and South Sea pearls (to name only a few) are available, too.

Top: Butterfly ring in titanium with 8.63 ct. black opal, 12.183 cts. t.w. colored gemstones, and 2.02 cts. t.w. diamonds, $32,000

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