Opals make an exquisite alternative to diamonds for those looking for a less traditional engagement ring. Opals have long-standing associations with loyalty, fidelity and romance,.
What truly makes opals unique, however, is their appearance – opals feature incredible naturally-occurring iridescent patterns in a range of colours, including everything from beautiful pastel hues to deep tones of purple and blue.
How is opal formed?
Opal is made up of small, colourless and transparent crystals. These crystals are made up of silica, water and a small amount of other minerals. When these crystals are packed together tightly, they form a solid material that can then be mined and used within jewellery.
Where are opals found in the world?
Australia produces around 95% of the world’s precious opals but the gemstones are also found in Mexico, Honduras, Brazil and in the westernmost states of the USA.
Is an opal good for engagement rings?
Opal makes an ideal engagement ring stone for those looking for an alternative to diamonds. These semi-precious gemstones are not just beautiful but rare. They aren’t the hardest of gems, so they need to be worn with care.
What does an opal engagement ring mean?
An opal engagement ring is representative of romance, love, loyalty and fidelity.
Are opal engagement rings expensive?
Like all engagement rings, opal engagement rings vary in price, though there is an option to suit a wide range of budgets.
Is fire opal good for engagement rings?
A fire opal is simply another variety of opal but with a strong red, orange or yellow background colour.
How to clean an opal ring
The safest and most effective way to clean an opal ring is to gently brush the stone with a cloth or soft toothbrush soaked in warm water and mild soap or detergent. You should never submerge an opal in water for extended periods, as they are porous gemstones, and should always avoid allowing the stone to come into contact with harsh chemicals or detergents.