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Dimensions (mm) 4 x 3 x 2mm
Weight (carats) 17.44 carats
Ring Size 6 US


This is a stylish stunning dress ring with Tanzanites enhanced with Ethiopian opals.The opals have a beautiful pastel colour which sparkle when moved-the photo dosent do justice to the opals.

&nbsp &nbsp The workmanship and quality is excellent.

Sterling silver

Stamped 925

Size of opal 4 x3 mm app

Size of tanzanites 4 mm app

Total weigh cts 17.44 app

Ring size[USA] :6

Note This ring was not made by our factory so we dont have the accurate weights of the opals and Tanzanites. i bought them as i thought the quality was excellent.

More Information

Tanzanite   is an extraordinary gemstone. It occurs in only one place worldwide   -Tanzair africa. Its blue, surrounded by a fine hint of purple, is a   wonderful colour. Thanks to its unusual aura and the help of the New   York jeweller’s Tiffany, it has rapidly become one of the most coveted   gemstones in the world.

Tanzanite   is a blue variety of the gemstone zoisite. It consists of calcium   aluminium silicate and is not particularly hard, having a value of 6.5   to 7 on the Mohs scale. For that reason, it should always be worn   carefully and never placed in an ultrasonic bath for cleaning or brought   into contact with acids.

The deep   blue of the tanzanite is fantastic, and runs from ultramarine blue to   light violet-blue. The most coveted colour is a blue surrounded by a   delicate hint of purple, which has a particularly wonderful effect in   sizes of over 10 carats. The well developed polychromaticity of the   tanzanite is typical: depending on the angle from which you look at it,  the stone may appear blue, purple or brownish-yellow. Having said that,  most raw crystals are somewhat spoiled by a brownish-yellow component,  though it can be made to disappear by the cutter if he heats the stone   carefully in an oven to approximately 500°. During the procedure he must pay careful attention to the moment at which the colour turns to blue.  This burning is a method of treatment which is regarded as customary in the trade, but the raw stones must be as free of inclusions as possible,  since otherwise fissures may occur. In fact working with tanzanite can   sometimes give even the most experienced cutter a bit of a headache,  the cleavage of this gemstone being very pronounced in one direction.  This exclusive gemstone is cut in every imaginable shape from the classical round shape to a number of imaginative designer cuts.

This is what the GIA has to say about this type of opal

New Play-of-Color Opal from Welo, Ethiopia

A new source of high-quality play-of-color opal was discovered in   early 2008 in Welo Province, Ethiopia, about 500 km north of Addis   Ababa. This deposit is geographically distinct from the Mezezo deposit   in Shewa Province, which was discovered in the early 1990s (see, e.g.,  Spring 1994 Gem News, pp. 52–53).

These contributors examined a parcel of about five rough and 30 cut   Welo opals. The cabochons showed good play-of-color ; the vast majority   were white and transparent, but some had a bodycolor varying from light   yellow to dark “chocolate” brown. Compared to Mezezo opals (e.g.,  J.-P.  Gauthier et al., “L’opale d’Ethiopie: Gemmologie ordinaire et   caractéristiques exceptionnelles,” Revue de Gemmologie a.f.g.,  No. 149, 2004, pp. 15–23), those from the new deposit generally appear   much whiter. We noted all spectral colors in the play-of-color in our   samples. Most of the cabochons were similar in appearance to opals from   Australia or Brazil. However, many samples displayed a columnar   structure of play-of-color opal within common opal (figure 2), as first   described in material from Mezezo (again, see Gauthier et al., 2004).  This feature is only very rarely observed in opals from sources outside   Ethiopia.

The hydrostatic SG of the opals ranged from 1.80 to 2.10. This broad   range is in part due to the high porosity of some samples, as revealed   by a significant weight increase after immersion in water (up to 8%).  Fluorescence varied from inert to moderate yellowish white to both long-  and short-wave ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Samples that were inert   displayed an unexpected greenish phosphorescence of moderate intensity.  No luminescence was observed in the opals with a yellow-to-brown   bodycolor, even the light ones; these darker bodycolors are probably due   to the presence of iron, which quenches luminescence. The   yellow-to-green luminescence is likely due to the presence of uranium   (E. Gaillou et al., “The geochemistry of gem opals as evidence of their   origin,” Ore Geology Reviews, Vol. 34, 2008, pp. 113–126).  Fourier-transform Raman spectra were obtained for several samples using a   Bruker RFS 100 spectrometer. All spectra were consistent with opal-CT,  with Raman bands at about 1070, 780, 670, and 345 cm-1, and   water-related bands at about 3200 and 2950 cm-1.

Welo opal is found in volcanic rock, possibly a rhyolite. The rough   samples we examined consisted of opal (either common or play-of-color)  cementing fragments of the host rock. By contrast, opal from Mezezo   fills cavities in rhyolite, forming nodules. Despite these differences,  the fact that columnar structures are seen in opals from both deposits   (but very rarely from elsewhere) seems to indicate similarities in the   conditions of their formation.

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