Boulder Opal Matrix set.
Black Opal Mens Jewelry
Black Opal Mens Jewelry comes in many varieties. The term ‘black opal’ is usually associated with Lightning Ridge where the opal comes out of the ground mixed with what is called black “potch” which is actually natural opal without color
When it sits at the back of precious opal color it has a dramatic effect on the presentation of the stone, giving it a darker more dramatic look. Black opal is the rarest of all opals
Black Opal Mens Jewelry
However its close cousin, Boulder Opal is also considered a type of black opal because it has a dark brown background resulting in the same dramatic foreground colors.
Boulder opal is becoming very popular as black opal mens jewelry because it caters for such a wide variety of personalities. Some men like jewelry that is glittery and traditional in presentation.
Others prefer a more ‘rugged’ style that they consider to be more ‘manly.’ Boulder opal fits this perception very well because many boulder opals are a mixture of brown ironstone and color.
At times the ironstone itself is just as interesting as the opal color because it comes in all sorts of patterns and shapes. Sometimes you can perceive pictures in it and if the pictures are obvious enough can be very valuable.
Black Opal Mens Jewelry-Abstract stones
You must have a little imagination to see them, sort of like looking at clouds. When there are not clear pictures, just like an oil painting they can be referred to as ‘abstract’ stones. They have interesting patterns that don’t identify with any known natural image.
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Opal Rings are much different from other types of rings in that there are so many varieties of opals and hence a wide selection of preferences. Like opals, all of us have different personalities. Different likes and dislikes.
Most girls for example just love jewelry but I know some who wouldn’t bother about it at all. That’s the wonderful thing about humans. There is an endless variety of people.
But what is it about opal and hence opal rings that make them unique. Well, the best way to answer that question is to focus on other gemstone rings that are very popular and perhaps better known than opal.
Diamonds, of course, come to mind immediately, and the promoters of this popular stone have done such a good advertising job, with the backing of film stars, movies, and posh magazines that in the minds of many girls, the ultimate piece of jewelry would be a diamond ring.
Hence engagement and wedding commitments are often associated with diamonds. And yet this was not always the case in old times and in modern times. For example, in a relatively modern sense, people like Prince Charles in the United Kingdom gave Princess Diane a large blue sapphire ring surrounded with small diamonds which of course looked stunning.
Even so, unless you are a diamond or colored stone expert, to most folks all diamonds look the same apart from their settings and the metal chosen, whether white or yellow gold. Same applies to sapphires, rubies, emeralds, garnets, and other faceted type gems.
Of course, if a ruby is redder, a sapphire is bluer, or an emerald is greener, you can generally tell the difference but even so, I venture to say that most folks wouldn’t really know the difference.
Opal Rings, however, stand out as different. Not just because they are usually cut with a dome rather than facets, but the variety of them as aforesaid is endless. Here are some examples:
Opal Rings were given that name, not because they have a crystalline structure but rather that when they were first discovered the original miners didn’t know what to call them because some of them were completely translucent (see-through) with just flashes of color, and others were slightly translucent.
Still others were opaque. But all of them were lighter in color and like crystal could be “looked into” rather than just surface or opaque. Hence the term ‘crystal opal’ rings. Note the variety. Even in this category, you have three or four distinct subcategories along with an endless selection of colors and patterns
Opal rings made from black opal are a completely different story. When they were first discovered, again they didn’t know how to describe them but noticing that the opal color appeared naturally with a dark or black base of what is called ‘opal potch’, resulting in the foreground of the stone being darker and more striking than its more delicately featured sister, crystal opal.
The same thing as has already been mentioned applies to black opal. There is an endless variety of colors and patterns and, added to this, variations in depth of color depending on what shade of grey into black is in the background of the stone
Here we have a stone similar to black opal because the color comes from veins resting on solid boulder ironstone instead of black potch, giving the same effect as black opal but (interestingly) often brighter than black opal because the opal surface is generally much thinner and the thinner it is the brighter it often becomes. Boulder opal makes fascinating opal rings.
Add to this the interesting fact that boulder opal color is often mixed in the surface with all sorts of other patterns from the mother ironstone along with other particles that nature put there that presents fascinating pictures and shapes that just mesmerize you.
Some people prefer to just see the color of the opal itself, but more and more people who focus on getting back to nature, just love the natural look of the boulder and the uniqueness of these pieces.
Doublets and Triplets are opals that the cutter makes use of thinner pieces of rough by setting them onto either black potch or boulder ironstone, thus creating the same effect as black and boulder opal but often at a far reduced price.
This means that just about anyone can afford to own an opal ring because the stone is still a natural opal that has been manufactured so that it can be set safely with a protective shield, in the case of opal triplets.
A word of caution in buying opal rings. In recent years quite a lot of this type of opal has been found in wetter areas of the globe and thought the opal can be very beautiful, is very porous and if it comes in contact with water, it will soak up the moisture and take away the color, leaving the stone a murky brown.
This is totally disappointing and even though it is claimed that you can bring the color back by putting it in the sun or a hot light, it’s not worth the risk as sometimes it has to be cleaned with acetone and this is a job for a specialist. It’s best to buy only from Australia because the opals come from a hot and dry climate and the opal is guaranteed not to fade.
Very large heavy sterling silver opal ring featuring a free form boulder opal matrix stone from the Koroit fields
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Stunning opal pendant with radiant blues and greens emanating from a dark chocolate boulder opal background set in gold with natural ruby
Boulder Opal from the Winton mines, Western Qld, Australia
Boulder Opal Pendant Description: Boulder opals hold a fascination rarely seen in other gemstones.
This one has a strip of precious opal in the middle surrounded by its ‘mother’ the natural boulder opal ironstone from which this type of opal jewelry gets its name.
This one comes dressed in a lovely black velvet gem box. The price includes international registered mail to your door or post office box.
Style of pendant
Fascinating blue-green solid boulder opal matrix set with an accompanying natural ruby in gold. This boulder opal is a mixture of ironstone and precious opal that sometimes is described as the effects of a galaxy at night with the opal ‘stars’ shining through.
Explanation of Boulder opal
Contrary to common belief, black boulder opals are not black. They were given this name many years ago when the first prospectors who found them were astounded to see the dark brilliant colors coming from an opal that traditionally was considered a light-colored stone.
The Europeans had long known the value of precious opal from the Hungarian mines which as far as we know were all pale or light-colored stones.
Then, when opal was found in White Cliffs, and Coober Pedy, most of the stones were pale. Black Boulder Opal was one of the first stones found in Australian opal history.
It’s the dark in the background of the opal that causes the color to throw forward and have denseness and dynamic that the more delicate pale opal does not have.
The recent opal nomenclature (official naming) has identified boulder opals, if they have the same very dark background as Lightning Ridge, as Black opals. So properly they can be termed black boulder opal.
Boulder Opal Unset ready for setting
A mixture of natural ironstone boulder and precious opal color. This lovely piece is free form in shape and has blotches of green with some orange.
Genuine Australian solid boulder opal matrix with lots of green with some blue and orange against dark ironstone.
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but when you get to know about it you will find something totally unique that looks like nothing else in the gemstone world like them.
You see, up until recent times, most opals have been white or at least a pale in color. Not until the mid-18th century when they were discovered that they could be presented in a totally different manner. Veins of precious opal were discovered dispersed inside chunks of dark brown boulder ironstone.
These strips of color were impossible to extract but it was discovered that by slicing and grinding the boulder ironstone off from one edge of the vein, and leaving the other side of the stone’s color attached to the mother ironstone, a totally different effect was created.
The ironstone at the rear of boulder opals was cut in such a way that it formed the dark background of the stone, and the precious opal was polished on the ‘top’ of the stone and the color, rather than being pale, changed to a very dense brilliant display caused by the boulder in the background.
It took some time for this new type of opal to get known and be accepted by the gemstone community, many objecting to the fact that the back of the stone was not opal but rather brown ironstone. However the beauty of this amazing gem dominated over prejudice and particularly in the middle 20th century right up until today, they have come into huge demand. First in the United Kingdom, then the USA, Europe, Japan, and now China is getting in on the act.
Boulder opals can be presented as a stone with full color in the foreground or as a matrix piece, meaning that the color is mixed with ironstone in varying degrees. The more color, the more expensive.
However it is noted that even when the opal has very little color, the amazing patterns and shapes in the natural boulder ironstone create a gemstone in itself and are often featured as picture stones when there is a certain likeness to other recognizable objects, or when not as ‘abstract opal’ if the pattern is just interesting to gaze at.
These wonderful opal works of nature are often manufactured into opal pendants, opal rings, opal bracelets, opal earrings, to state a few variations. Gents opal jewelry are also created and often the rugged look of the boulder opals suits progressive jewelry lovers.
Opal Jewelry for Sale, online, open up a far greater selection than the old times when it was limited to jewelry showcases. Opal in all its varieties, shapes, patterns and colors are at this site to peruse without pressure or obligation.
Traditionally the ladies have worn traditional type gems such as rubies, sapphires, diamonds etc., as well as non-gemstone jewelry made from just silver, one of the golds either yellow, white, or platinum.
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In recent years because of the crazy price of gold, opal jewelry for many folks in the middle-income range has been out of the question because of the price of gold. They have opted for that other precious metal, silver and it needs to be noted that the color of silver goes very well in opal jewelry.
Particularly with black opal, boulder opal, opal triplets and opal doublets which are darker in color and display an excellent contrast between the white metal and the darker opals.
Opal Jewellery for Sale at opalmine, comes in all shapes, sizes, and types.
Of course, the ladies prefer opal rings, opal pendants, opal earrings and bracelets whereas the guys tend toward things like opal belt
buckles, opal bolas, opal cuff links, opal tie tacks and opal hat pins all coming under the umbrella of“Opal jewelry”.
Whatever is your choice you can guarantee that there is a color or pattern that will suit your personality, your wallet or your clothing style because opal comes in multitudes of rainbow colors from red to blue, to yellow to green and of course often with multiples of the same color within the same stone, making it an individual piece that will be recognized as yours and yours alone.
Many varieties. You don’t have to spend thousands
of dollars to find a really nice opal pendant, for example. Because precious opal can be set with a dark background as is the case with opal doublets and opal triplets that dark deep stunning color is yours to display without spending a lot of money on expensive black opals and boulder opals set in “opal jewelry”
And of course in the case of boulder opals, if you like something that looks really natural and unique, go
for a matrix stone, that is boulder opal with flecks of color intermingled with the chocolate boulder
ironstone so familiar to the western Queensland Australian opal fields.
These stones set in free form silver with either a bezel or claw setting will look stunning whether you
feature it with a leather thong or silver chain.