Along with pendants, earrings, bracelets and other jewelry, have been around for well over 100 years now.
have been around for over 100 years. These classic black opal rings and jewelry items were not known on the international scene until someone discovered boulder opal in Queensland.
It was found that by removing the top layer of the dark brown ironstone ‘matrix’ and leaving the ironstone in the back of the opal as a base which the opal is ,made from, the whole look of the stone would change from a light color to a dark color.
Incidentally, if you like this ring, please click here to purchase it now, while it’s still available. Its a one off piece. This phenomenon turned opal from a pale gem into a dramatic Multi colored statement of amazing depth.
The term ‘black opal’ is also applied to Boulder Opal
Although of course it’s obvious to anyone seeing it that it is. Lightning Ridge black opal rings along with pendants is what has become more promoted, but it must be said that many boulder opals have more depth of color at a more reasonable price than Ridge stones.
Combining the opal color in the stone itself with the amazing patterns of the ironstone, creates jewelry that is so stunning and original that you could say there is certainly nothing else on earth like it like them.
So whether it be the amazing and very expensive stones from Lightning Ridge like, or the Queensland black opal rings, jewelry made from these stones are very impressive
What are free-form Black opal rings?
There was a time when every one of these stones had to be oval and high domed. This has all changed. Particularly since the use of Dental equipment has becoming common amongst opal cutters.
Some of the hills and valleys in these stones that we call ‘undulates’ are just amazing and if the design artist can work with a free form (any shaped) piece, the potential for creativity is greatly expanded.
Black opal rings versus white opals
Opals are amazing to look at whether in a ring or a pendant. Black opal rings are more expensive if the quality is high and the color is more dynamic and more obvious. White or crystal opal is more delicate and the color more subdued. It really depends on your taste.
Some folks prefer a more subtle color than a dramatic one. Take a look at the extensive range on this site to see some comparisons, and dont forget to check out the boulder opals as well as they are a close cousin to the blacks and sometimes have more personality and natural look.