Delicate dolphin crystal opal ring
Delightful bright green solid crystal opal set in 14k yellow gold Dolphin ring.
Opal ring background:
Coober Pedy is the international capital for crystal opal or white opal in the world. The two types of opal are distinguished by the fact that white opal is opaque in that the color rests on the surface of the opal and is not translucent.
Crystal opal is more translucent which gives it great depth and intrigue, creating this arresting display of opal color. Often it is actually Opalized shells from ancient inland seas.
Crystal opals are running out!
Because of the lack of new opal mining sites and the huge expense associated with mining in such an outback hot place, the production of opal is getting less and less.
This will no doubt make the opal more expensive as time goes by because, in fact, opal is a genuinely rare stone because its value is based on supply and demand. The world’s supplies from places like this are getting less and the demand is getting greater.