Post # 1
I recently fell in love with fire opals and decided I wanted one as my engagement/wedding ring (it looks like I may likely have both in one, not a separate e-ring and wedding band). I really had my heart set on an ethiopian fire opal ring. However, having read up on it, these are delicate stones. I work on a farm and like to travel, so I don’t want to have to worry too much about damaging a stone. Similar stones like Labradorite (although it’s a semi-precious, not a precious gem like an opal) are also soft (6 mohs). Does anyone have suggestions for irridescent stones like these that are harder? Or other unique alternatives? I would prefer a cabochon style over something jewel-cut. If there turn out not to be any hard irridesent stones, I might look in the direction instead of something that would look good in rose gold or a plain rose gold ring if stones turn out to be completely impractical.
Post # 3
@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
@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
@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 # 7
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 # 9
Just order an orange cabushon sapphire. it will look like a fire opal.
Post # 9
White mystic topaz has a hardness of 8 and looks like this: