Opal Engagement Rings
Opal engagement rings can be one of the many choices if you are looking
for diamond alternative engagement rings.
It’s a unique gem in the sense
that it displays an array of very brilliant rainbow effects, all mixed
up together, with intensity and quality of color that can surpass the
"fire" of diamond. No doubt, that’s why it’s called "Queen of Gems".
Meaning of Opal Rings
is the symbol of fidelity, assurance and commitment. So, an opal ring is undoubtedly an apt token of strong relationship.
Opal with vibrant colors and brilliance, resembles the colors of fall and is
certainly appropriate as one of the birthstones for October.
So, if your fiancee is October born then
opal engagement ring can certainly be a good option.
Also, if you are
proposing or planning your wedding in October then opal ring will look
very symbolic and meaningful.
An opal ring displays the
beauty of a vintage style ring that cannot come in a regular
So, if your love has a feel and taste for old
worldly charm, go for it. Additionally, you can get an opal
ring at lesser price than a traditional diamond engagement ring.
Things to Remember
- While choosing between varieties of
opals, go for Boulder Opals. This type of opal makes a good choice for
the opal ring because of its sturdiness.
- In process of creating a handmade unique
engagement ring, you need to be careful about your engagement ring
settings. I’ll suggest bezel set engagement ring. Bezel setting covers the edges of the stone and provides better protection to it. Whereas, in prong setting open edges of the stone are more vulnerable to impact and blows.
- You can also have small diamonds in prong setting or pave setting
around opals. This will give your opal the security as well as you will
have designer engagement ring. Another advantage is, you will have a
diamond engagement ring but with a totally unique look and at much
- Since there is no additional brilliance to be captured by a good faceting job, this stone is usually cut flat or in cabochon. My
advice is to go for low (low dome height) cabochon. This ensures safety
as high cabochons are more vulnerable to impact damage.
- According to taste, opal ring can have various cuts. This gemstone is easily available in
round, heart, marquise, emerald cut and princess cut.
- Synthetic opals are very difficult to be
differentiated from the naturals and are being encountered with
increasing frequency. So, make sure you know what you are getting by
checking the facts with a gemologist or an appraiser. And before making
the final decision of buying, shop around and research properly. This holds true for opal, more than any other stone.
- Opals require special care because some
tend to get dry and crack. It may lose its luster due to small scratches
on its surface. However, it can be re-polished by a lapidary to renew
its glossy surface.
- Many a times, opal will seem to just lose
its fire due to dehydration. So, avoid exposure to anything that is
OK, I agree you may have made up your
mind to look for opal ring, but don’t just go by the
stunning beauty of this gem, as you should know other facts about it as
It is NOT a very hard stone and on the Mohs Scale it is rated around 5.5 - 6.5 while diamond is rated as 10.
It’s an important fact that you should know before buying an opal
engagement ring. If opal is not handled properly it can break.
But, this doesn’t mean you should drop
the idea of opal engagement ring, I just mean you will need to take good
care of this magnificent gemstone to have your engagement ring for
So, if you know your fiancee will be able
to protect and take care of luster and beauty of opal engagement ring - as she
treasures your love – then go for it!
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