(Closed) Durability of an opal engagement ring?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Opal is VERY soft, I wouldn’t recommend for everyday wear. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I wouldn’t wear it everyday. It’s a very fragile stone that breaks down after time. Mydad got my mom an opal stone ring in high school. It’s beautiful, but she can’t wear it anymore because she could risk losing the stone.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

For what it’s worth, my mom had an opal (and yellow gold) engagement ring. When she married my dad, she moved it to her right hand. She’s worn it every day for the last 42 years and it still looks great.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I think @Bridey77 had an opal one before her current ring.

Post # 8
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Newbee

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wonderous:  My bff has an opal e-ring, and her SO proposed to her in 2010. She’s been wearing it every day/night for 5 years with zero problems (I recently asked her about it, since I was curious about the durability of opal myself – it’s my birthstone, and so lovely!) It’s totally up to you, but I imagine it might be fine? Maybe you could get a more durable stone as an “upgrade” on a future anniversary? Good luck whatever you decide 🙂

Post # 9
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Helper bee

an opal is something like 6/10 hardness. for daily wear an e-ring gets you should be looking towards 8 and up. some opals called something like ‘boulder’ opal are a little stronger, but still not quite there. (i also looked into them as an ering, so i’m trying to remember everything i found out.) my sister had an opal ring she smacked on a headboard (yup haha) and it shattered. i would cry if that was my ering!! 

you never know though, i have some opals in my family (basically heirlooms) that look great.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I find that the truth is always best.  Do some online research on the softness/hardness of Opals and share them with your S/O.  You are not saying you don’t want the ring, your are only providing information.  A informed decision is the best decision.  At a minimum, you will know if you can wear it every day based on facts. Here is a good place to start.

 

http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/opal/opal-info.php

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

My great grandmother had an opal engagement ring. She wore the ring constantly and when she passed my grandmother wore It. It’s been worn day and night for like, 80 years and the opal has been replaced once or twice to my knowledge. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

It sounds beautiful. Personally I would just see how it goes and replace it later if you need to. 

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - A court...

Maybe if you were really careful? But since it’s vintage idk if I would take the risk. I had opal earrings that I wore often (not every day) and somehow one of them cracked! They lasted a good year though. 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

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wonderous:  Gorgeous stone but short the long term durability it won’t last as long. I’d get an alternative ring to wear to last over time  

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I have a vintage opal ring that I wear as a RHR everyday. It’s a lovely big opal in white gold.

I wear it literally doing everything (don’t take it off to wash dishes etc), and I have since I inherited it ten years ago. I’ve never had a single crack or issue. I think people over estimate how soft they are. 

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