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OPAL ENGAGEMENT RINGS

OH MY OPAL!

OPAL ENGAGEMENT RINGS

OH MY OPAL!

If you’ve ever seen an opal ring, you know that the gemstone is like a kaleidoscope, able to shift and reflect any color of the rainbow. Opal engagement rings are becoming a favorite among colorful women who are looking for something with a bit more flavor than traditional diamond engagement rings.

Opal stones are primarily found in the Australian outback. Opals are formed when seasonal rain gets trapped in the ground, then evaporates, leaving silica deposits in between sedimentary rock layers. Just like a rainbow after a rainstorm, voila, the magnificent opal is born.

Many people admire the full spectrum of hues reflected off an opal engagement ring’s surface in a crackled, shard-like appearance. This flashy display is known as an opal stone’s play-of-color. Opal’s base color can come in several hues; white opal, pink opal, black opal, blue opal, fire (or “red” or “brown”) opal. So if your heart’s set on an opal ring, you’ve got options when it comes to color.

We love our clients and only want to give them the best so we’re giving it to you straight: as pretty as they may be, opal engagement rings are not the most durable choice. The opal stone is relatively soft compared to other engagement ring stones, ranking only a 5.5 to 6 on the Mohs Hardness scale. Opal rings run a high risk for chipping, scratching, and breaking, making opal engagement rings an unlikely match for anyone who isn’t careful with their jewelry. Remember that you’ll be wearing your opal engagement ring everyday for the rest of your life. It’s safe to say one of those days you just might accidentally knock your ring on the car door or bump it on a pan while cooking. Both of those common accidents are likely to chip your opal stone, and breaking your engagement ring can be truly upsetting.

Though opal engagement rings can be risky, if you’re set on an opal ring and know you’ll keep an eagle’s eye on its care, we’re more than willing to craft you your own opal custom engagement ring. Need inspiration? Check out our vintage opal ring The Gabbi, or marvel at the simplicity of a solitaire on The Amanda opal engagement ring. Call or book an appointment with Abby Sparks Jewelry and design your opal engagement ring now.