Opal wedding ring alternatives? Suggestions please

posted 5 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

@starry_night:  Hm, that’s a tough one. You might consider an opal triplet, which is a “sandwich” with the bottom layer being a strong backing material, then a thin slice of opal, then a cap of clear quartz. From the top it looks like a solid opal, but it tends to wear much better. The fact that it’s less expensive is an added bonus…

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

@starry_night:  Also, google “oregon sunstone”. It’s not iridescent, but has “schiller” which gives it a really shimmery almost iridescent appearance. It can be faceted or cut into cabs and because it’s a peachy or orangish color, it looks gorgeous in rose gold.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Daisy_Mae:  I’m not sure that they can do this with a fire opal though I’m not 100%…

I don’t really have any suggestions but I would love to see what people say. Opal is my birth stone and I love it. My fiancé got me a butterfly opal ring for our 1 year anniversary. I would be scard to wear it to the barn or anything like that. Maybe get a sturdy plain band to wear when you are doing something that might damage it. That is my best suggestion lol.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I love pearls, which are even more fragile than opals. Personally, I’d recommend star sapphires, which are always cut as cabochons. This is because the asterism for which star sapphires were named will not show up in any other cut. When you look at a star sapphire in appropriate lighting (sunlight is best), you will see brilliant star-like rays on the stone’s surface. 

As with all sapphires, star sapphires are so sturdy that they are tougher (albeit softer) than diamonds due to their internal structure. They come in different colors, but natural gems that are orange or yellow like fire opals are very uncommon.

 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1997

moonstone

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Just order an orange cabushon sapphire.  it will look like a fire opal.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

White mystic topaz has a hardness of 8 and looks like this:

 

 

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