Opal Ring Crystal

 

rectangle Opal Ring Crystal 5518-2
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Opal Ring Crystal 5518- with diamond clusters
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Opal Ring Crystal 5518 with diamond clusters on both sides set in gold
crystal opal rectangle gem with diamonds

Opal Ring Crystal featuring an unusual faceted opal

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Opal Ring Crystal is a term that describes the stone itself. The term was first coined many years ago when early opal miners in Australia had to search for words to describe what they were seeing. Opals are technically not crystals. Please take a look at this interesting article on the subject I guess that when they were first observed, being quite translucent, they did remind the observer of things like quartz crystals which are often see-through.

Crystal opal is usually cut with a dome not a facet

Just what it is that makes opal ring crystal appearance is a subject that might take us away from the observations we are making about this particular gem which is so exciting and interesting to observe. You see, most opals as with jade and turquoise and other stones, are cut with a domed top called a ‘cabochon‘ and its well known that dome shaped things are stronger than faceted items and tend to bounce off when they come in contact with hard surfaces. So generally its more practical to cut and polish opal with a domed rather than faceted feature. Having said that, there are some opals like this one that just beg to be cut with facets because the light just does some amazing things with the change of color in the stone combined with the bouncing effect that facets cope with.

This Particular Opal Ring Crystal is set in 14k yellow gold with four small diamonds

The ring is finger size N if you are British or 7 if you are from the USA. The band is easily sized just in case your finger is larger or smaller. Whatever, if you need help with this please email peter AT opalmine dot com.

 

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4 thoughts on “Opal Ring Crystal

  1. Hi Peter,
    Any thoughts on authenticity, origin and type of opal (set in platinum) pictured below? Play of color appears exquisite to my untrained eye. Any idea what estimated value might be for this large opal (I was told 11.4 carats)? Larger rectangle cut also appears unusual compared to most other opals with traditional oval shape.
    Thank you!

    1. Frances, well you have a really outstanding gem here. It probably comes from the Lighting Ridge dark and black opal mine in western new south wales, Australia, although it could also be from Coober Pedy or Andamooka in South Australia. IT is classified as a dark crystal opal. Without actually seeing the stone, its not easy to put an accurate valuation on it but in my opinion its work around $500 per carat retail which makes the stone around $5000 without the setting. You would probably pay in the vicinity of $2000 or more for the diamond setting, depending on where you get it done. Its conceivable that you could pay $10,000 for it retail but as i said, this is an approximation. I hope that gives you a bit of an idea. Best wishes Frances. Peter

      1. Hi Peter,
        Thanks so much for your expert opinion. I am learning so much about opals from your website and appreciate your generosity with the wealth of knowledge you share. Not many opal experts here in Hawaii!
        Aloha, Frances

        1. No problems Frances. Pleased to help. I visited your beautiful Island about 15 years ago. Had a marvelous time. Beaches are just amazing and i loved the atmosphere in the streets near the beach. had photos taken with those amazing Macaw birds and the huge jungle type trees. We stayed at diamond head. Actually i had some good customers in Hawaii a few years ago. Nice folks! best wishes for 2016. Peter

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