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Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by Bron357, Feb 16, 2016.

  1. icy_jade
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    by icy_jade » Jul 21, 2019
    My new to me Mexican opal 3.19 ct with 0.7 ct diamonds in platinum setting:

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    I can’t capture the rainbowy color play that I see irl in some lighting that is so captivating. Clearer not so blurry flashes versus the pic above.
     
  2. lilmosun
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    by lilmosun » Jul 23, 2019
    So cool..love the bright colors, like little neon lights.
     
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  3. lilmosun
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    by lilmosun » Jul 23, 2019
    Pulled this out of the box today..faceted Ethiopian opal from katharath. I love how it both flashes and sparkles at the same time.. with the high dome it reminds me a bit like a disco ball. IMG_20190723_183647.jpg
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  4. userangl28212003
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    by userangl28212003 » Jul 25, 2019
    My new semi black/ honey colored Ethiopian ring from Amy K Opals on etsy. This dark opal is natural in color, and yes the color is just as good in person. I am showing her video because it captures the opal more accurately than I can with my camera.

     
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  5. Caly27
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    by Caly27 » Aug 4, 2019
    I’d love some guidance from all you opal experts out there. This thread has inspired me to start my first custom project, and I’m hoping to make it an opal ring with diamond halo. I understand that white opals are the least valuable, but I think they’re my preference at the moment (and fit the budget better). Something about this opal just “sings” to me, and I was hoping to get your assessment of it, i.e. whether it seems like a decent value, is a good prospect, and would do well in a ring. Any advice appreciated!

    https://blackopaldirect.com/product/white-opal/3-60-ct-white-opal-11-5x10x5mm/
     
  6. Bron357
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    by Bron357 » Aug 4, 2019
    Black opal direct is a reputable vendor, he has some lovely Australian opal at decent prices. The one you like is really lovely, but also have a look at the 2.29 carat Crystal opal for $3,000.
    Slightly smaller and more expensive but the crystal opals are more magical in my book. Different viewing angles produce a completely different look. This one also has more broad colour including an impressive red flash. I’m a bit biased towards crystal opals ha ha.
     
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  7. Caly27
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    by Caly27 » Aug 4, 2019
    Thanks! The crystal opal you mentioned is gorgeous. Do they normally show up as how they’re photographed or are they usually more muted? I’m drawn to the white opal I posted in part because of the pastel colors (kind of remind me of a Monet). The crystal opal is beautiful, but I’m wondering if it will be too bold for me. If it would be more subdued in normal lighting and the white would be even less vivid, then I would lean toward the crystal.
     
  8. Bron357
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    by Bron357 » Aug 5, 2019
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    Mostly opal perform poorly in low light ie indoor office / home lighting and night time lights (unless LED). Black opals perform better because of their dark tone background hence their higher price.
    It’s hard to describe, but crystal opals have a more 3D colour play, whereas white opals (and black opals) don’t. So with crystal you can get vastly different colour displays depending on the viewing angle.
    And if you’re buying opal, the more vivid and more red the better.
    This photo is my white opal pendant alongside my crystal opal ring inside at nighttime. The white opal is hardly showing any colour whereas the crystal opal can still perform. Also, an opal with red in it performs better in low light. Red is the longest wavelength, blue / purple the shortest. The white opal I have has a purple green colourplay but you’re not seeing any purple in this low light condition.
     
  9. Rfisher
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    by Rfisher » Aug 7, 2019
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    Nothing compared to the lovelies posted on here -
    But here’s my one and only. Probably never to be set, purchased 20+ years ago. Dug out to see if it was dried up due to talk on another thread on how to store.
    I had chunks of opal in matrix that I liked more than this - but sadly no where to be found in the house.
     
  10. prs
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    by prs » Aug 7, 2019
    Depending on how big it is, I think it would make a gorgeous pendant for every day wear.
     
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  11. JackTrick
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    by JackTrick » Aug 7, 2019
    I think that looks lovely! What’s keeping you from doing something with it?

    My first custom opal piece was just finished, and I’m so charmed with it!

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  12. ZestfullyBling
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  13. JackTrick
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    by JackTrick » Aug 12, 2019
    Sharing my collection. Opals were my first jewelry piece, and I continue to have a soft spot in my heart for them.

    Lights off...
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    Lights on!
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    (Top right two are Australian, rest Ethiopian)

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    This fellow is new, and made me think of a glowing river.

    And loose ones I need to do something with. Lights off...
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    And on!
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    Really wanting to find something to do with these two.
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  14. T L
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    by T L » Aug 12, 2019
    3C66D969-CC72-4439-89DB-6995327D1783.jpeg D9B51B98-57A3-4AB9-B68E-CA40C5B2687F.jpeg 8A813812-60EF-4D38-9C17-EF30EAAAF0E9.jpeg Precision cut Mexican fire opal. No color play, but very orange nonetheless.
     
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  15. JackTrick
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    by JackTrick » Aug 12, 2019
    Omg. T L, help. I want to eat it.

    It’s like a geometric peeled orange!
     
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  16. Arkteia
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    by Arkteia » Aug 13, 2019
    D5FC0CD7-6D1C-4FCE-9B8D-869E4CDD1C59.jpeg 2E32E0A3-E7EB-4211-8DF3-A49C9378CAD2.jpeg 5BC5A94A-50F7-4B2E-95E6-399AD3218003.jpeg F235E519-0590-43C2-85B0-10C9C485EAD4.jpeg I don’t know why, but opals are avoiding me. I bought one opal in Australia and ended up selling it at a church auction, and another one I gave as a gift. Looking for a good Mexican opal, though.

    Here are a couple of Welos

    This one in contrast with a cherry opal like a boat, but no?
     
  17. MakingTheGrade
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    by MakingTheGrade » Aug 14, 2019
    Got pics from sally or my black opal :)

     
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  18. ZestfullyBling
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    by ZestfullyBling » Aug 14, 2019

    Love the colors on the welo and cherry opal. They really compliment each other!! Gorgeous!!
     
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  19. Arkteia
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    by Arkteia » Aug 16, 2019
    428FDC79-BABB-4A75-B3F4-DA216419BA7A.jpeg Here is an opal I saw at the exhibition. It had no name so I assume, Mexican?
     
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  20. hiratop
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    by hiratop » Aug 17, 2019 at 2:17 PM
    As good as it gets
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  21. ilovegemstones
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    by ilovegemstones » Aug 22, 2019 at 12:25 PM
    Here are two boulder opals I have had for a while. I wear the one with tanzanites on it as a bracelet. I love the elongated one but cannot see the colour play around my neck! I threw in in my dragon egg opal ring too!







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