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Opal in ring

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« on: December 19, 2015, 07:10:42 pm »

I was going to take a ring that I have to a jeweler and have him take out the smoky quartz stone then mount the largest Welo opal I have. Couldn't stand it so I mounted it myself. Easy peasy but I was pretty nervous about breaking the opal. It is amazing that I cut and polished an opal without realizing that I had a ring that it would fit into almost perfectly.

Here is what I ended up with. I took about 40 photos trying to get the colors but did not have a lot of luck. The stone is not quite as hazy looking in hand. Difficult stone to photograph.

Thanks for lookin. Hope you like it as much as I do.
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2015, 10:29:41 pm »

I like it a lot Jim. You did a real nice job on it. Ya Hoo!  yes

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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2015, 10:01:55 am »

Beautiful job.......excellent workmanship.  Looks like it was always there yes

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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2015, 01:03:47 pm »

very well done for not having planned it.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2015, 07:08:37 pm »

It's absolutely beautiful and you did a lovely job, but Paul Downing seems to strongly recommend against prong type settings without bezels for opals, especially in rings. Also, Welos are often hydrophane and can expand a little if they get very wet by accident. Most of his work is with Australian opal, and I admit to reading his books rather obsessively for someone who has yet to produce more than a single small opal I consider unworthy of a gold setting, so I am not speaking from personal experience here. I'd just hate for that lovely opal to crack at some point, so thought I'd mention it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 08:51:36 am »

Nice rock! bet it looks even nicer in the sunshine. Thanks for showing the ring!
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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2016, 03:14:46 pm »

I had a ring made with a black opal many years ago when I lived in CA. But the jeweler made it so the gem was protected by being almost inlaid into the gold. Hard to describe but the gold sides came up slightly higher than the top of the cab to protect it from bangs and scratches.

I don't advise setting an opal the way it is in this post as a ring since it is exposed to breakage and abrasion.

IMO opals are better used in settings like pendants and earrings that are less exposed to wear and damage.
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