Opal ring That Is Best for You.

Opal rings are like all good jewelry in that accessories make the dress. Every opal is unique and rare, it is extremely difficult to find two black opals the same.It is one of the rarest gemstones to own and each opal has different characteristics and colour play.

 Once you have decided to own an opal ring you have the choice of either silver or gold settings.

But before you decide on your ring design you should understand types opals available

 

BLACK OPAL RING

          

Black opals vary in colour from blue to rare fire red colours.

The best black opals make ideal ring stones as the colour play can be seen from all sides and a high cabochon helps to display the colour range in opal rings

 

CRYSTAL OPAL RING

            

Crystal opals are translucent and mostly blue in colour from pale blue to deep sea blue colours and greens to sunset fire colors.

Crystal opals are found over most Australian opal fields as well as Mexican and Brazil opal fields

 

BOULDER OPAL RING

               

 

Boulder opal is found in the Outback areas of Queensland Australia.

This opal is formed on natural ironstone back and is mostly flat opal and rare to get cabochon stones. But this opal is renowned for its bright colours and intensity of fire colours

 

ETHIOPIAN OPAL RING

                    

 

Ethiopian opals do display good pattern and fire and make good opal rings

Some Ethiopian opal is smoked which makes the crystal opal turn black so it looks like Australian black opal

INLAY OPAL RINGS

      

 

Inlay opal is natural slices of crystal opal, cut to set shape of bezel in the ring.

The base of the ring is black colour so when the opal is set and polished it will show stronger fire colour.
If solid crystal opal is set with back of the ring enclosed and black opal it is termed to be enhnaced

 

TRIPLET OPAL RING

      

 

This opal is a natural slice thin opal with man made top and bottom added and is one way to own bright opal for fraction cost of a solid opal ring.

Care should be taken in not wearing ring ,or wear glove while washing dishes so that the longevity of the ring is increased

 

MOSAIC OPAL RING

  

The Mosaic opal is made same as triplet opal but made from small opal chips glued together on man made base and top. Some of these Mosaic opals have very

bright colour play and are attractive.

 

DOUBLET OPAL RING

        

 

This opal is a natural slice thin opal set on natural base ,mostly natural ironstone from Queensland opal fields and is one way to own bright opal for fraction cost of a solid opal ring.

Care should be taken in not wearing ring ,or wear glove while washing dishes so that the longevity of the ring is increased

 

OPALS AND GEMSTONES

    

Today many people enjoy pleasure of wearing ring with more than one gemstone

Ethiopian opal and Tanzanite is popular combination,as well as black opal and amethyst.

Opals of all types are set with brilliant cut genuine diamonds in gold rings and in silver rings man made cz are used to represent diamonds.

 

CLAW SET OR BEZEL SET

Another choice you need to make is to have claw set or bezel set for your opal ring.

If you work outdoors on farm or garden a bezel set is slightly better to protect the opal .

But it is really personnel taste and what suits your opal or ring design a s to your preference if you have claw or bezel set.Bezel set rings are sometimes more difficult to re size but claw set rings are easy to resize.

 

GOLD PREFERNCE

Countries to differ slightly in this preference.

In past 9-10 k gold was popular as it was most people worked outdoors and 18k gold or above wore away to readily .Today it is more the cost of gold that makes 9,10.14 k gold popular .

Check inside ring for hallmark stamp

9k gold is 37.5% gold and stamped 9K or 375

18k gold is stamped 18k or 750

 

 

SILVER RING

Sterling silver stamped hallmark 925 is popular and reasonable in price to purchase .

Many rings are now rhodium plated so ring keeps shiny silver colour.

Check inside ring for hallmark 925 stamp

 

An Opal ring is now considered main stream and many people buy an opal as an engagement ring.

Opal is birthstone for those born in October but today its personnel choice to own gemstone ring that is unique as not many items we purchase today are a s unique as an OPAL.
Find your own opal ring that is best for you at www.opalauctions.com

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