by ZestfullyBling » Aug 14, 2019 Okay I must share this story. (Warning...this is an extremely long vent) I visited a nice B&M in my area. Usually have them do simple things like remove stones out it old settings, resize, etc. I have a 3 carat black opal solid that I nicked so I asked them to remove it from the old setting because in gonna have Sally at HOW reset in a more protective setting to prevent further damage. I also requested the remove my tsav and blue sapphire from current settings. Of course because I have a few color stones the rep shows the owner ( inguess so they can have a meeting of the minds about removing my stones from setting) and she then comes over and comments on how beautiful my gems are and mentions the nick. I tell her I'm aware thats why I'm having it reset to a more protective setting. Then she comments how my black opal is a beautiful "DOUBLET". A DOUBLET????? really? I was a tad offended and corrected her. I explained I'm apart of a network of gem and diamond enthusiasts that have a a trusted vendors we use. Then she wants to get into a discussion about vendors using fake diamonds and gemstones and not advising customer so 'you really have to be careful'. Then I stressed again that i have be apart of my network. Over five years now. Which is longer then her business' existance. I was getting a tad heated because Owner was basically being condescending towards my gem knowledge as a consumer . its like there is no way 'me the consumer' could have more knowledge than her. Then she examines my ring and earrings and my colored gems...changes the subject to How she has jewelry designers with BS and MS in jewelry design. I advised again my network has proven vendors, jewelry, gemologist, etc. And thats who i use for my settings. Owner then says I should use them for settings. The fact that she was ignorant to call my black opal a DOUBLET I was so through with her and totally exhausted of the conversation. So I went home and looked up "DOUBLET" , doubting my knowledge and basically to educate myself again about opals. Thinking: " is that what I have...a doublet?". The vendor on Opal Auctions description stated he only sold solid opals. Thats what i saw from the descriptive photos on the listing and thats what I saw when I recieved it. Question: why the heck whould I work with a jeweler who minimizes my precious/semi precious gems? Has any one else had anyhave...a doublet? experiences past or present with B&M's? - An Opal doublet is a piece of translucent or semi translucent Opal glued to a dark backing giving the impression it is a full piece of Opal. The dark backing can be ironstone material, potch, plastic or even other materials. Opal doublets are generally cut to show off the most impressive part of the Opal and with the dark back enhancing the colours it can make for a great looking stone - An Opal solid is an Opal that is consists entirely of Opal. There has been no man made clear tops or backing stuck on and there is also no host material throughout the Opal.