Unset opals are cut opals of any kind, which can be set into jewelry or kept as single pieces. It is a great option for buyers who want to choose the setting for their stone and not buy it already inlaid in a particular item of jewelry. The setting is optional – you can do it yourself or have your jeweler do it. Go to opalmine shop here
You are free to decide not only the design of the setting but also the kind of jewelry piece that you prefer. you can refer to the many designs featured here or on other pages of this blog. You can thus get a unique and exclusive piece from among a huge range of possibilities.
How unset opals are processed before setting
Completed stones are created by processing a rough opal piece. Here are some examples of ‘mine run’ as well as ‘rubbed’ or cleaned up rough opal. These pieces are cut and polished to enhance the play of color displayed by it.
The stone is first cleared of impurities and given a rough shape with a diamond cutter’s wheel. This is followed by fine cutting to give it a precise shape.
The cut stone is usually circular, tear-drop, dome or oval-shaped. Faceting may be done for some stones. It is then given a finish using sandpaper and a wet leather wheel is used to complete the polishing.
The final shape and orientation of the cut stone greatly influence the color and brilliance of the opal. The colors and patterns shown by the stone can be optimized by choosing a suitable cut. The stone is now an unset opal ready for processing further
Putting unset Opals into Jewelry
Stones may be of the standard size used in conventional jewelry such as these multiple choice parcels of pendants, or a free-flowing shape that follows the original shape of the rough opal. They can be used by a buyer in opal jewelry of their choice, such as necklaces, pendants, rings, tie pins, bracelets, brooches, hairpins etc.
They can also be inlaid into the dial, rim or belts of watches, or used to add exclusivity by inlaying in objects such as finger rings, pendants, footwear, spectacle frames, purses, belts, mobile phones etc.