Opals Anyone?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Opals are really gorgeous, but they’re a soft stone. It won’t hold up to the daily wear and tear of a wedding ring

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

My mom’s engagement ring is an opal!  I always admired it as a child.  It looks pretty much exactly like this picture:

http://a367.yahoofs.com/shopping/mcid15_344546/simg_t_t467115467115jpg110?rm_____D53g.ZMLv

She doesn’t wear it though, just her wedding band.  Which isn’t even technically her wedding band; she lost the first in the ocean, then her second one gave her a severe allergic reaction so now she has a silver one my dad bought her a few years ago to replace the other.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

I love opals! We chose a yellow sapphire for our ring, although it isn’t in a setting yet, otherwise, I’d show you a pic. I know sapphires are traditional engagement rings- are opals as well?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I love opals, since they are my birthstone.  It’s supposedly bad luck to wear them if you werent born in October.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Ditto ejs; I cracked and ruined an heirloom opal when I accidentally knocked it ONCE on a doorframe 🙁

They are so pretty, though!

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

I love opals!! They are my birth stone too and I hope to have a pretty opal ring to wear some day… but not for an e-ring. I had a really pretty opal ring my ex gave to me and I wore it to work once (I was a waitress) and knocked it once against the ice machine and chipped it! So sad. I’d worry about it all the time if I wore it every day.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Love love love opals! I wanted my e-ring or wedding ring to have one, but when I consulted with a ring maker I really trusted, they said to go with a fancy color sapphire instead. Opal is just too soft for everyday wear. I ended up with a gorgeous blue-green sapphire.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I love opals! But as PP’s said, they’re very soft stones. I’m always a little bit scared of wearing them out so it wouldn’t be my choice for an engagement ring stone.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My birthstone too! I have my grandmother’s opal ring. I don’t wear it often though. Like Mermaid, my understanding is they are bad luck to wear if not your birthstone.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have an opal necklace and 2 opal rings – none are engagement rings. I would not suggest getting an opal on a piece of jewelry that you would wear really frequently. They are soft stones and require a bit of care. Even things like going from a warm ambient room temperature to a very cold temperature (I put my hand in the back of the freezer) and it caused my opal to crack. I took it to the jeweler and asked if the stone was poor quality or defective and his explanation was that opals can have this happen sometimes.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I just recently rediscovered some opal earrings of mine that I bought in Australia in high school.  I’d forgotten how pretty they were.  They are small posts so I wore them for about a week straight, then realized one day while I was fidgeting with them at work that one of the opals had fallen out.  So sad!  I have them still sitting here under my moniter.  Maybe I’ll get another pair someday.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

What these lovely ladies have said about opals being fragile is very very true.  Find a gemologist (not a mall jeweler) and talk to him or her about what you like—they may be able to help you find a stone you love that you didn’t know existed.  The best bets for everyday wear, as I understand it, are diamond and sapphire—the 2 hardest natural gemstones.  My gemologist thought 7.5 was the lowest you’d want to go on the Mohs scale, and even that was sketchy—8 is better.  Be aware, though, that the Mohs scale is not a gurantee—it actually describes how easily a stone will SCRATCH, but there are other factors deteremining fragility, I believe.  Stones have different crystalline structure, and can therefore break or chip more easily than others, regarless of their Mohs rating.  For example–emerald is a 7.5 on the MOhs scale, but my jeweler said it is DEFINITELY too fragile for everyday wear.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

What ostara is talking about is the difference between hardness (scratchability) and toughness (chances of the stone fracturing/chipping/etc.). Interestingly, diamonds aren’t the toughest stones available…if you’re worried about a stone breaking, you should go for nephrite jade, not diamonds! Toughness depends on the quality of the stone too, the cut of the stone, and whether or not you’re putting the stone in a setting that will get smacked around, like a high-set solitaire. 

If you’re willing to baby your ring (easier with an e-ring) and possibly replace the stone, it’s no big deal if you want an opal. I’ve seen ladies on here with pearl e-rings, and that’s about as soft as you can get!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I was also dead set on an opal ring, but as was mentioned before me, they are a really soft stone and it wouldn’t have lasted. If I get an opal ring in the future, I like the look of this one.

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