The name opal is derived from a word “Upala” meaning valuable stones. It is a hydrated form of silica which is amorphous in nature. The opal and diamond ring enhances imagination and creativity. The opal has a large proportion of water and sometimes it is referred to a water stone. These make the most beautiful opal engagement rings.
Before buying an opal ring, decide whether you want a doublet, a triplet or a solid opal. Doublets and triplet opals have a thin slice of opal cemented on a black backing and are normally cheaper compared to solid ones. Solid opals are normally long term, high quality and not easily destroyed.
TYPES OF OPAL.
1. Black opals.
These are the highest quality of opals. They are regarded as the “Rolls Royce” of the opals. They are generally regarded as the best in the world because of their dark body tone.
2. Boulder opals.
They also have stunning color but of lesser value compared to black opal. The opal forms in a thin vein on an ironstone backing which makes the price much less per carat. This type of opal originated from Queensland and has a brilliant and excellent appearance.
3. White opals
They have milky white body tone and are common compared to the first two. The white tone causes the color to be less bright but when you get a high-quality white opal, they can be very captivating.
4. Crystal opal
It is any type of opal with a transparent/translucent quality. When combined with good color, it can add great value to a stone. Some of the most attractive opal rings in the world are crystal.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SELECTING AN OPAL RING.
When purchasing opal rings, you have to put some factors into consideration. As with any other type of gemstone, selecting a good opal ring comes down to the color that strikes you and the ability to sustain your budget. Some of the things to look fro include:
1. Color value.
Red opals are most valuable, followed by orange, yellow, green, blue in that order. the extra color in an opal is usually more precious.
2. Cracks and faults.
A genuine vendor will alway state if there is a fault in the opal ring he/she is selling. Never buy a ring with cracks. Inspect the stone by holding it high against the lamp to check on the cracks. Try and understand the natural lines and cracks. Cracked opal is normally worthless.
The quality is very important. The livelier the colors, the higher the worth. The opal rings with solitary or animated colors are preferred hence have a higher value.
Better patterns have a bigger impact on the worth of the opal ring. Great flashes and wide patterns are more priceless. It normally comes down to what is appealing.
If all other factors are held constant, the bigger the opal the higher the value. They are normally considered in carats.
CARING FOR AN OPAL RING.
Opal ring is much softer than gemstone rings. It is not an average day to day type of ring like the diamond. It is important not to do dishwashing with your opal ring as the glue can be susceptible to water especially if the ring is of the doublet or triplet type. Don’t use an abrasive or ultrasonic cleaner on your opal ring as they could cause cracks.