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How To Choose Opal Jewelry
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How To Choose Opal Jewelry

We often get asked how to choose opal Jewelry. With all purchases in life you must first decide how much you are willing to spend. If you desire a Opal ring or a pendant you may want to go for a bigger opal than if for earrings or a pendant.

In either case an Opal triplet or doublet will get you a bigger opal at a price less than a solid opal and is perfect as a gift. If you want to purchase your jewelry as a potential as set then purchase a solid natural untreated opal. For small souvenirs for friends, kids, etc triplets would be best as they provide the best value for money. Opals should be chosen based on their colours, patterns and flash and how they suit your personal taste and even dress sense.For example aglow, milky opal necklace may be arranged with a black evening dress.

Remember its your opinion and your opal. Opals are as individual as their owner, no one opals is the same, the colour, patterns and the brightness of opal need to be considered in price. Australian black opal is the rarest and most expensive whereas doublets and triplets are the cheapest as the opal has been enhanced and treated. 

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Patterns

One of the most beautiful color patterns with black opals is sometimes referred to as the“floral pattern”, where the colors multiply through the surface, more or less erratically.Rarer and consequently more precious patterns include the magnificent rolling sparks where a great swatch of color presents itself.

There is also the straw pattern where the color occurs as lines and is linear in its look. There are also some stones that look like Chinese characters which is very rare. Another popular pattern is the Harlequin, a checkerboard pattern which is the rarest among all. Ethiopian opals have beautiful snake to honeycomb patterns to rolling flash patterns

Value

In valuing opal there are some rules to follow but considering that opal tends to be unique there are no solid and quick rules in comparison to other gems. Identifying the worth of an emerald-cut white diamond, for example, is easy - mass, clarity, and faults will insert up to a purposeful value. Not so with the opal, if there is one over-riding aspect it’s luminosity.

Radiant stones of any color will be more priceless than any dull stones with rare colors. In fact, red is one of the more expensive colors, the quantity of red usually enhances its value. Again, a radiant, blue-green opal with great colour play and a striking pattern will be more priceless than a less concentrated than a light orange, or red.

The more colored the stone, the more precious the opal is, despite its type. The pattern will control the value. Opals with broad areas of solid color are typically more expensive compared with those smaller areas. In a general manner, all other things being identical, black opal is more priceless than light or boulder opal.

Generally normal shapes are more expensive than rough shapes as they can be used more easily for jewelry. An exception is the boulder opal which is typically brown ironstone; this is frequently set in more uneven pieces as they tend to have unique shapes and inclusions. 

Kinds of Opal

There are four classes of valuable Opal such as the Crystal, Boulder, Black, and Milk Opal / White Opals. There are also treated opals to choose from such as triplet inlay and doublet.

Black Opal

How To Choose Opal Jewelry

Black opal is mined in Lightning Ridge, Australia and is one of the rarest opals in the world. Black opals are graded by brightness 1 to 5 with five for brightness and one for dullest. Black opal is rated for body tone N1 for darkest black colour to N4 which is the lightest black colour.

  1. Black opals that are directional are ideal a as pendant as the Jeweler can face the opal in a setting to show off the maximum colour fire.
  2. Gem fire black opal with red fire is the most expensive opal.
  3. Expensive black opals are generally set into gold rings.
  4. Cabochon with broad flash fire are ideal black opals for ring
  5. Commercial grade opals are set in sterling silver pendants or rings
  6. Black earrings are hard to find and very hard to match exactly a s there is always slight difference in black opal.

Boulder Opal

Boulder opal is mined in central Queensland Australia over a large area and is opal formed on ironstone. It is ideal to make good boulder opal pendants with large sizes.

Boulder earrings are made from splits, that is two pieces of opal split into two pieces by the opal miner to expose colour on both sides and these are generally good for matching earrings. 

Top boulder opal can have brilliant strong fire colours and these are set into gold rings

Koroit and Yowah Opal Jewelry

These opals have a magical natural pattern and have been popular due to the incredible patterns. They are commonly made into large opal pendants. For a modern opal pendant a hole is drilled through the opal and a necklace added so no silver or gold jewelry design is required for some of these opals.

Wire wrap pendants which use thin piece of silver wire to wrap around the opal are popular with younger generation jewelry buyers

Ethiopian Opal

How To Choose Opal Jewelry

Ethiopian opals have been a recent find for opal lovers. The crystal opals from the Welo region are very popular due to their bright patterns and price discount when compared to black opals

Black opals are rare from Ethiopia but many opals are smoked and these are sold as treated smoked black opal so consumers have to be wary.

Solid Opals

Can be found in Brazil, Mexico, Honduras as well as Peru and Tanzania Africa.

Opal Doublet

How To Choose Opal Jewelry

Doublet opals are thin slices opal glued onto ironstone backing and are ideal to make into opal pendants and earring as it is easy to match these doublet opals. Most doublets are set in silver jewelry but opalised shells are also made into doublets and are not flat but undulating or cabochon and these are ideal for Opal Rings in gold or silver.

Triplet Opal jewelry

Triplet opals are thin slice of opal with backing on bottom and clear top so the opal colour is greatly enhanced. Triplet opals are good value for money as the opal is bright and easy to match.

Crystal Opal

How To Choose Opal Jewelry

Crystal opals are clear opals that are transparent and can be found in opal the fields of lightning ridge and Coober Pedy, Australia. Crystal opal is also found in Mexico, Brazil and Ethiopian opal fields.  This opal can have good cabochon and be larger than black opal so makes ideal opal jewelry.

  1. Fire opal patterns are stunning in some crystal opals especially opals form Ethiopia.
  2. Crystal opals with high a cabochon make good rings as colour hues can be seen from every angle.
  3. Crystal opals are also ideal to make as matching earrings as the opal is lot easier to match and sometimes you can match earrings, pendants and ring all with same colours.
  4. Many old opals from the start of the century have fire crystal opals claw set into gold rings with diamonds.

Inlay Opal

How To Choose Opal Jewelry

Inlaid Opals are firm Opals which have been included into a set of jewelry so that the jewel’s metal surface is similar to level surface of the Opal. It can also be any class of Opal, but it is typically preferred to Crystal, Black and Boulder-Opal inlay.

Intarsia Opal

This traditional centuries old European craftsmanship is now used to make opal inlay pendants called Intarsia. It has opal crystal pieces set into pattern with other types and colours of opal or gemstones and stunning artistic scenes are created in these pendants.

Jelly Opal

Jelly opal comes either in seam or nobby form. The various grades of jelly opal can vary from radiance to classy dark opal. Though it is still jelly, they have unusual densities and colors from bright to dark. Jelly opal is a large stone especially for the opal aficionado that has got others in their collection. You don’t need to spend your money on having the most jelly opal compared to crystal and black opal.

White Opal

Even today these traditional opal rings are popular. Sometimes it is called fire opal because the mine in Coober Pedy has a lot of colour fire play. In last 20 years has been popular around the world and even old settings of fire opals from Coober Pedy have been found in England. White opal can been set with gold and diamonds in traditional design pendants

What to look when buying Opals Jewelry?

When purchasing Opal jewelry, you must consider the Opal’s kind, extent, luster, tone and pattern. As with any gemstone it typically comes down to selecting a color of Opal that you may find striking and that sustains your budget as well.

Form and Setting color:The form and amount of Opal are the main factors in identifying the significance of Opals. Gem value black Opal commands the utmost price per every carat. Black Opal, which has a shady background, is more precious compared with crystal Opal which in turn is usually more costly than milky/white Opal.

Range:With all other elements held stable, the bigger the Opal the more precious they are. As with other stones like sapphires and diamonds, Opals are considered in carats.

Brilliance:The quantity of its intensity is quite significant. The livelier the colors are, the better its worth will be. A dry stone with several or all colors will be less priceless compare with the other Opal with a solitary, animated color.

Color:Usually, the extra color within Opal is quite more precious. The prevailing colors of fire in an Opal have worth in order starting from (red, orange yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet).

Pattern:Better patterns of colors together with brightness have a big effect on its worth and attractiveness of Opals. Wide patterns or great flashes are more priceless than pinfire and small classes of pattern. Different patterns such as harlequin, regular flash, jigsaw, block and strip are usually rare. Once more, it comes down to what is quite appealing.

Cracks/Faults: Also be aware of any faults or inclusions in the stone. Any opal seller should hopefully disclose any imperfections but make sure you do not buy a stone with cracks or mistake a crack for a natural formation.

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如何选择蛋白石首饰

我们经常被问到如何选择蛋白石首饰。对于生活中的所有购买,您必须首先决定您愿意花多少钱。如果你想要一个蛋白石戒指或吊坠,你可能想要一个更大的蛋白石,而不是耳环或吊坠。

在任何一种情况下,蛋白石三合一或双合一将以低于坚固蛋白石的价格为您提供更大的蛋白石,并且是完美的礼物。如果您想购买珠宝作为潜力,那么购买坚固的天然未经处理的蛋白石。对于朋友,孩子等小型纪念品来说,三胞胎是最好的,因为它们提供最物超所值的服务。蛋白石应根据其颜色,图案和闪光选择,以及它们如何适合您的个人品味甚至穿着感。例如,发光的乳白色蛋白石项链可以安排黑色晚礼服。

记住你的意见和你的蛋白石。蛋白石与其主人一样个性化,没有一个蛋白石是相同的,蛋白石的颜色,图案和亮度需要在价格中考虑。澳大利亚黑蛋白石是最稀有和最昂贵的,而双蛋白和三胞胎是最便宜的,因为蛋白石已被加强和处理。

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模式

黑色蛋白石最美丽的颜色图案之一有时也被称为“花卉图案”,颜色在表面上或多或少地不规则地增加。颜色越多,因此更珍贵的图案包括华丽的滚动火花,其中一个伟大的样本颜色呈现自己。

还有稻草图案,颜色以线条的形式出现,并且外观呈线性。还有一些看起来像汉字的宝石非常罕见。另一种流行的模式是Harlequin,这是一种最稀有的棋盘图案。 埃塞俄比亚蛋白石有美丽的蛇到蜂窝状图案滚动闪光图案

在评估蛋白石时,有一些规则要遵循,但考虑到蛋白石往往是独特的,与其他宝石相比,没有坚实而快速的规则。例如,识别祖母绿切割的白色钻石的价值很容易 - 质量,清晰度和故障将插入到有目的的价值。蛋白石不是这样,如果有一个重要的方面,那就是光度。

任何颜色的辐射宝石都比任何稀有颜色的暗沉宝石更加无价。事实上,红色是更昂贵的颜色之一,红色的数量通常会增加其价值。同样,具有极佳色彩效果和醒目图案的光芒四射的蓝绿色蛋白石将比不那么浓淡的浅橙色或红色更加无价。

石头颜色越多,蛋白石越珍贵,尽管它的类型。该模式将控制该值。与那些较小的区域相比,具有宽的纯色区域的蛋白石通常更昂贵。一般来说,所有其他东西都是相同的,黑色蛋白石比光或巨石蛋白石更无价。

通常,正常形状比粗糙形状更昂贵,因为它们可以更容易地用于珠宝。一个例外是巨石蛋白石,通常是棕色铁矿石;这通常设置在更不均匀的部分,因为它们往往具有独特的形状和内含物。

各种蛋白石

有四类有价值的蛋白石,如水晶,巨石,黑牛奶和牛奶蛋白石/白蛋白石。还有经过处理的蛋白石可供选择,如三合一镶嵌和双层。

黑欧泊

如何选择蛋白石首饰

黑欧泊在澳大利亚的Lightning Ridge开采,是世界上最稀有的蛋白石之一。黑色蛋白石的亮度为1到5,亮度为5,亮度为1。黑色蛋白石的体色调N1为最黑的黑色,N4为最轻的黑色。

  1. 方向性的黑色蛋白石是理想的吊坠,因为珠宝商可以在一个环境中面对蛋白石以展示最大的颜色火焰。
  2. 宝石火黑蛋白石配红火是最贵的蛋白石。
  3. 昂贵的黑色蛋白石通常被设置成金戒指。
  4. 广泛闪火的凸圆形宝石是戒指的理想黑蛋白石
  5. 商业级蛋白石采用925纯银吊坠或戒指镶嵌
  6. 黑色耳环很难找到,很难完全匹配,因为黑色蛋白石总是有细微差别。

博尔德蛋白石

博尔德蛋白石在澳大利亚昆士兰州中部的大面积开采,并在铁矿石上形成蛋白石。它是制作大尺寸优质巨石蛋白石吊坠的理想选择。

Boulder耳环由劈开而成,即两块蛋白石由蛋白石矿工分成两块,两面都有颜色,这些通常适合搭配耳环。

顶部巨石蛋白石可以具有明亮的强烈火色,并且这些颜色被设置成金戒指

Koroit和Yowah蛋白石首饰

这些蛋白石具有神奇的自然图案,并且由于令人难以置信的图案而受到欢迎。它们通常被制成大蛋白石吊坠。对于现代蛋白石吊坠,在蛋白石上钻一个洞,并添加一条项链,因此这些蛋白石中的一些不需要银色或金色珠宝设计。

使用薄片银线包裹蛋白石的绕线吊坠受到年轻一代珠宝买家的欢迎

埃塞俄比亚蛋白石

如何选择蛋白石首饰

埃塞俄比亚蛋白石是最近发现的蛋白石爱好者。来自Welo地区的水晶蛋白石因其明亮的图案和与黑蛋白石相比的价格折扣而非常受欢迎

黑色蛋白石在埃塞俄比亚很少见,但许多蛋白石都是烟熏的,这些蛋白作为经过处理的烟熏黑蛋白石出售,所以消费者必须要小心。

固体蛋白石

可以在巴西,墨西哥,洪都拉斯以及秘鲁和坦桑尼亚非洲找到。

蛋白石双峰

如何选择蛋白石首饰

Doublet蛋白石是粘在铁石背衬上的薄片蛋白石,非常适合制作蛋白石吊坠和耳环,因为它很容易匹配这些双重蛋白石。大多数双层都镶嵌在银饰品中,但是蛋白石壳也是双层的,不是扁平的,而是起伏的或凸圆形的,这些都是金或银的蛋白石戒指的理想选择。

Triplet蛋白石首饰

三胞蛋白石是薄片蛋白石,背面底部和透明顶部,因此蛋白石颜色大大增强。三胞胎蛋白石是物有所值的,因为蛋白石明亮且易于搭配。

水晶蛋白石

如何选择蛋白石首饰

水晶蛋白石是透明的蛋白石,可以在澳大利亚闪电山脊和Coober Pedy的田野中找到蛋白石。在墨西哥,巴西和埃塞俄比亚的蛋白石领域也发现了水晶蛋白石。这种蛋白石可以有很好的凸圆形,比黑色蛋白石更大,因此是理想的蛋白石首饰。

  1. 一些水晶蛋白石的火蛋白石图案令人惊叹,尤其是埃塞俄比亚的蛋白石。
  2. 具有高凸圆形的水晶蛋白石可制作出良好的戒指,因为从各个角度都可以看到色调。
  3. 水晶蛋白石也是制作配套耳环的理想选择,因为蛋白石很容易搭配,有时你可以搭配相同颜色的耳环,吊坠和戒指。
  4. 从本世纪初开始,许多古老的蛋白石都将火焰水晶蛋白石爪镶入钻石的金戒指中。

镶嵌蛋白石

如何选择蛋白石首饰

镶嵌蛋白石是坚固的蛋白石,已经被包含在一套珠宝中,因此宝石的金属表面类似于蛋白石的水平表面。它也可以是任何一种蛋白石,但它通常更喜欢水晶,黑色和Boulder-Opal镶嵌。

Intarsia蛋白石

这种传统的百年欧洲工艺现在被用来制作名为Intarsia的蛋白石镶嵌吊坠。它的蛋白石水晶作品与其他类型和颜色的蛋白石或宝石形成图案,并在这些吊坠中创造出令人惊叹的艺术场景。

果冻蛋白石

果冻蛋白石以接缝或咀嚼形式出现。各种等级的果冻蛋白石可以从光泽到优雅的深色蛋白石变化。虽然它仍然是果冻,但它们具有不同的密度和颜色,从明亮到黑暗。果冻蛋白石是一块巨大的石头,特别适合蛋白石爱好者,在其收藏中也有其他人。与水晶和黑蛋白石相比,你不需要花费你的钱来获得最多的果冻蛋白石。

白蛋白石

即使在今天,这些传统蛋白石戒指也很受欢迎有时它被称为火蛋白石,因为Coober Pedy的矿山有很多彩色火灾。在过去的20年里,世界各地都很受欢迎,甚至在英格兰也发现了Coober Pedy的火蛋白。白色蛋白石可以镶嵌在传统设计吊坠中的金色和钻石

购买Opals Jewelry时要注意什么?

购买Opal珠宝时,您必须考虑蛋白石的种类,程度,光泽,色调和图案。与任何宝石一样,它通常归结为选择Opal的颜色,你可能会发现它很引人注目并且也能维持你的预算。

形式和颜色:蛋白石的形式和数量是确定蛋白石重要性的主要因素。宝石价值黑色蛋白石命令每克拉最高价格。与蛋白质相比,具有阴暗背景的黑欧泊更珍贵,而蛋白石通常比乳白色/白色蛋白石更昂贵。

范围:所有其他元素保持稳定,蛋白石越大,它们就越珍贵。与其他宝石一样,如蓝宝石和钻石,蛋白石被认为是克拉。

辉煌:强度的数量是非常重要的。颜色越活跃,其价值就越高。与具有单独动画颜色的其他蛋白石相比,具有多种颜色或所有颜色的干石将更不值钱。

颜色:通常,Opal中的额外颜色更加珍贵。蛋白石中盛行的火焰颜色从(红色,橙黄色,绿色,蓝色,靛蓝色和紫罗兰色)开始依次值得。

图案:更好的色彩图案和亮度对Opals的价值和吸引力有很大影响。宽大的图案或大闪光比pinfire和小类图案更无价。不同的图案,如丑角,普通闪光,拼图,块状和条状通常很少见。再一次,它归结为非常有吸引力的东西。

裂缝/缺陷:还要注意石头中的任何缺陷或夹杂物。任何蛋白石卖家都应该有希望披露任何不完美之处,但要确保你不要购买有裂缝的石头或错误的裂缝进行自然形成。

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Electra

I see few people wearing man made opal jewelry or synthetic opal.
Its is so bright and colourful and I do wonder, do they know its synthetic opal or not, as i always make comment on how pretty opal jewelry is.
I know opalauctions sells only real opals but think they could do more information about synthetic opals as Etsy and eBay are full of these man made opal jewelleries.
It seems selling opals unset that description   is more accurate but with jewellery I see beautiful rings and pennants and earring that are obviously man made but make no mention they are synthetic.
I just don’t like to see people buying synthetic opals and not aware of it
Thank you for posting my comments

23rd Aug 2016
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