Opal wedding band – anyone have experience with custom pieces from a jeweler?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Opals are so pretty! They are also not very durable at all. I would be cautious on this one, but if you have a jeweler you trust, talk to them carefully before deciding to move forward – they will have the best feel for it would even work, let alone for a daily wear.

Post # 4
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@sara_e_to_be:  I used to work for a jeweler and I would say two things: 1. Do not get an eternity band, it can never be sized, you end with more maintenance costs because your entire ring rotates and is beaten up on a daily basis.

2. Opal is pretty soft and has high water content. It’s not as durable as some other stones. It’s on the same level with pearls- you have to be careful.

THe combination of an eternity band with opals sounds like a money pit to me, if you could even get someone to make it for you 🙁

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

Opals are soft and chip/break VERY easily.  I’ve had a few rings and they didn’t last very long. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@sara_e_to_be:  Opal is one of my birthstones (October)   I’ve always gotten them as gifts, rings or earings. I’ve even had the stones in the earings chipped. They are good for a ring to wear on a “Date Night” or something, but not every day wear 🙂 

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@sara_e_to_be:  opals are one of my favorites, but they are very, very soft stones. they really aren’t appropriate for a daily-wear ring, imo.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would love this idea, in fact I am surprised by the responses here as I wear a ring that has opal and tourmaline gems alternating in a ring everyday.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Opal is my birthstone, so I have quite a bit of it- rings, necklaces, earings, etc. I agree that opals are soft and you have to be a little careful, but I have had pretty good luck keeping things intact. 

This might be the exception, and not the rule, but my parent’s gave me an opal ring for my 18th birthday. a plain band with an opal in the center. I have worn it pretty much non-stop since, and it is still in good condition. (I’m 28 now).  Here it is- I was even wearing it the day I got engaged, haha

With that being said, I think that yes, an eternity band of opals may not be a great idea.  But have you thought about incorporating them without them going all the way around? Also, I think if you in-set them, they might be better protected from wear and tear.  For example, this is a RHR my husband got me recently: 

(obviously the center stone is not an opal. but the sides are). 

I am always pro-opal. haha. good luck!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I had opals in my engagement ring and promptly ruined them. If you are not careful with your jewelery (like, ahem, me…) they’re definitely not a good choice. I changed mine out for harder stones. They’re also my fiance’s birthstone, so our jeweler suggested tourmaline instead. Also an October birthstone, and comes in shades of pink and green. These have held up MUCH better.

Post # 16
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Newbee

Waaaay too soft. But cool idea though…hadn’t heard of an opal wedding band before.

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