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Help me pick which opal ring to buy

Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by Pinkmartini87, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. Pinkmartini87
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    by Pinkmartini87 » Jul 21, 2019
    Dear all,

    Would love your thoughts on which opal ring to purchase in terms of color play/beauty of stone.
    All are less than $400-500 USD.

    First one: See 1st photo that seem to show a second layer on the bottom of the opal? Does this mean this is a doublet? (I’ve been after a solid opal ring for a while so would def pass on a doublet/triplet)

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    Second: prongs look a bit worn but I love the colors.

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    Third: prongs look in good condition.
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    Fourth: I love the rose gold color but stones a little flat/gray in color:
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  2. stracci2000
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    by stracci2000 » Jul 21, 2019
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    In this image the ring is angled so you are seeing the bottom of the cab. It is not a doublet.
    The line is the edge of the stone where it becomes flat.
    Opal doublets are stones that are backed with a black or dark colored stone to enhance the colors and appear more like a "black" opal.
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  3. voce
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    by voce » Jul 21, 2019
    For me, it would be between the second and the third. I would pick the third because the setting is better, and the shapes would look more flattering on the hand. Though the second one has better colored opals, I'm not sure how much of a difference there would be irl, and I'd be paranoid of the opals falling out with wonky prongs, hence I suspect I wouldn't wear it as much due to questionable prongs.
     
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  4. chrono
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    by chrono » Jul 21, 2019
    My choices are 2nd or 3rd, for the same reasons as @voce
     
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  5. Pinkmartini87
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  6. GliderPoss
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    by GliderPoss » Jul 22, 2019
    I like the 1st or 3rd ones best.
     
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  7. JPie
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    by JPie » Jul 22, 2019
    Second or third one for me
     
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  8. IcePhoenix
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    by IcePhoenix » Jul 23, 2019
    2nd or 3rd because the opals look better and "pop out" more
     
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