(Closed) Opals Anyone?

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Opals are like sponges. They expand and contract with heat and cold and that’s why they can crack easily..too much stress on the stone. It helps if you oil the stone, olive oil, baby oil, vegetable oil, etc. This way the stone doesn’t dry out and can take the temperature changes. Also, the bad luck about wearing them if not your birthstone comes from a novel written in 1907. The opals, it was a haircomb, not a ring,  were thought to be “enchanted” but everyone got the idea that they were bad luck.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010 - Philippe Park

Crap, I have an opal necklace that I’ve been thinking about mounting in a ring, now you’ve all got me scared! If I do get it mounted in a ring, it wont be for everyday wear so, we’ll see. I’ll have to talk to someone about it. I didn’t realize opals were so delicate!

Post # 19
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Newbee

I actually have a black opal engagement ring and love it! ^_^
Mine has been worn every day for over 3 years, and that’s including while I am at work. I have a physical job reading meters so I am opening gates, doors, cabinets, defending myself from dogs, etc all day and its never gotten damaged. If anything actually my white gold band has taken a beating, its pretty scratched all over.

Now my advise for any Bees thinking of getting an opal: 

* Do make sure what kind of opal it is. They have things called triplets and doublets. Both of those type are slivers of opal that have a dome of something over them (doublet) or have both a dome and something under them (triplet). Those two types are very hard to take care of. if they get wet for too long or too often the water can get between these layers and cause them to get cloudy and lose the fire they have.

* Do not use harsh cleaners on them. Opals are delicate, and cleaners are just too much for them. Also do not use any type of ultra sonic machine or steam cleaning machine. The ultra sonics can cause some opals to crack. As has been mentioned above its not the quality of the ppal that can cause a crack, it is the natural of the stone. Steamers are problems because of the heat. Opals are very sensitive to heat and cold because unlike most gems they still have a rather high amount of water in them. Due to this steamers are yet another thing that can cause them to crack (which I was really bummed about, I wanted one so bad! hehe) To clean my ring I use a little slightly warm water with a little dish soap and a baby soft tooth brush. I let it soak for a few minutes, then lightly brush the front and the back. Does wonders ^_^ I also use the same thing for my diamonds and they sparkle like crazy.

*Keep in mind where you live! Back to the temperature thing, I live in Southern California so I do not deal with huge swings in weather. If I live else where, like snow country, I might have thought twice about an opal ( …who am I kidding, no I wouldn’t have but anyway ;p ) It is very true that opals can be damaged by all kinds of things, even as simple as wearing some earrings in a heated house, then exiting to a cold evening. My grandmother did this and cracked an opal in her earrings.

*Take it off if you are worried! While I do wear mine a lot I do still take it off for things like gardening, cleaning, cooking, doing dishes, and so forth.

* Consider the setting. Opals are more prone to damage in some setting than others. It is considered a bad idea to have an opal set exposed, like in a standard prong setting. Which is what I have ^_^;; lol. I love the way it looks, so I wouldn’t change it for the world. However, it is thought to be safer in a bevel setting. Or even a halo setting. Just basically anything that will cover the sides.

I hope some of the info might be helpful to anyone thinking about opals in any type of jewelry. I love them, I think each one is so special and unique. To us it was never a question that Mr Crol would get me an opal. But to each girl its important to get whats right for them!

And my beautiful Opal…

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

A lady at work has an opal engagement ring and has had it for 30 years… it still looks absolutely gorgeous, so I wouldn’t say that just because you have an opal that it is going to break! She seems to have been quite lucky!

Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My dad gave my mom an opal e-ring, and eventually her stone cracked (so she tells me– I’ve never seen it as she’s never worn it as far as I can remember). They are very pretty, though!

Post # 22
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318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My great grandmother had a 3stone opal engagement ring. She lost her center stone though and had the ring turned into earrings for my mom for her sixteenth birthday. My mom gave them to me after I graduated from college. Very gorgeous stone. I don’t know how these have survived 60 years if opals are such a soft stone!

Post # 23
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A friend of mine in New Zealand  is having opal colours as her theme as I think they come from there

Post # 24
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277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My mother in law has an Balck Opal as her engagement right and it’s beautiful.  It’s oval with 2 tiny diamond flanking the northeast side and southwest side (probably not the right terms but hopefully you get the idea) and reminds me of a star constellation.  She wears it all the time and never had a problem of it cracking.

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I love opals too, but they are soft. Have you considered holding out for like, the birth of your first born or 1st anniversary or something, when you don’t have the expectation of wearing the ring all the time?

That’s not to say it can’t be done; just that you’ll have to be careful with it.

Post # 26
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62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@madswan: I chipped my grandmother’s opal ring too. It was beautiful, but they certainly aren’t durable.

Post # 27
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Newbee

I have a gorgeous heiloom halo opal. it was my mother’s engagement ring and it belonged to my great-(great?)-grandmother. I’ve had it since i was 15. i wear it ALL the time and nothing has happened to it yet (knock on wood). perhaps is the way its set and the halo kinda protects it? anyway, as far as i know, its never been damaged in all the years its been around, save for one of the little diamonds falling out.

on the other hand, my friend had a promise ring in high school with an opal in it and she chipped it at least twice….

Post # 28
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s all in how you set it. I was dead set on an opal and found a local designer who took what we envisioned and basically shaped the metal around the round opal and has the edges of the band just a hair raised over the stone for protection. I’m a klutz and have dropped it, banged it, accidentally put my hand in the oven with it on, etc., and so far so good! If the opal does break, we’ll replace it once. If it breaks again, we’ll probably do a sapphire or something.

I wish I know what I did with the designer’s photos of it, because I apparently suck at taking jewelry pics with my own camera. 

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I know this post is older, but this is my Le Vian engagement ring that I was proposed to with. It is still getting sized, but I love it to much. My fiance knew that it was a very soft stone, and not a forever one. We are going to have a longer engagement, so we can get stable and save up some money/pay off debt. She want to buy me a whole seperate set, with a “new” engagement ring and a wedding band. I still love this so much. So me and so unique. And she got it at such a great price! The ring retails for $3,000 and she snagged it up for $700! I love it so much.

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