Opal Jewelry - Why So Special?
Posted: May 13, 2022
There is a variety of opal from Australia called Koroit and this is a less attractive type of stone compared to the Australian Black Opal. It is mainly a reddish, dark brown convex with opal tails running randomly in its center. The designer will not be able to do much with what you can think of, but simply drill a hole in it and attach a high chain or cheap leather cord and make an excellent necklace and look good for both men and women.
The opal ring is flexible and may not have the fire associated with gem quality opal but on closer inspection it has a pattern that may look like a seascape or look at a mountain range or all sorts of other objects. It can be the kind of thing you like to stare at and imagine seeing all sorts of things inside. Try making that diamond! The beauty of an episode like this is that it is not gem quality and not very expensive.
I love such jewelry because it is not cheap to buy but when you wear it people ask questions about it and want to take a closer look. It is a good start to a conversation. You will never find people asking you if they can look at your topaz ring. They never said: "Wow, where did you get that ring?"
Then there is one of my favorite Opal Inlay opal Jewelry. Fine crystal opal pieces are set in metal rings, earrings and hangings. The opal is finished by striking the surrounding metal. We often see this with boring stones like Onyx and other mineral-looking minerals that are very light in color. However, when making inlay opal jewelry you will usually use high quality opal and the results are good.
You can place almost any other precious stone next to the opal and it will enhance the piece of jewelry. Opals with diamond markings will always look stunning. In contrast, you can have a pink topaz or emerald-colored stone with opal inlay on each side and have shiny jewelry.
Opal can be inlayed, prong set or bezel set. They can be attached to an area where, like other gems, they will not look impressive in this way.
Another comforting feature of opal jewelry is that the stone will be mined by lonely men or groups of husband and wife living under difficult conditions in rural Australia. There are no large companies involved and no forced labor here. It is a work of love. Think of the cutting of rubies and other stones that children often have to take to school. I am an opal cutter and although it is very difficult to work I enjoy doing it and I have never met an opal cutter who has no love for opals so there is a kind of love attached to these stones from the underground man.
Marry Anderson has worked in online marketing since 2011, specializing in event marketing, content management, organic and paid social media, community and reputation management.