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Inspiration Needed - Opal Ring

Discussion in 'Colored Gemstones' started by Punks-Tricks, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Punks-Tricks
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    by Punks-Tricks » Apr 18, 2019
    I was very lucky to receive a surprise solid black opal for a recent birthday and my husband is paying for it to be set in a ring as the second part of my present. I am in the UK and have now found a jeweller to work with after a longish search and lot's of phone calls. I wondered if I describe how I see the ring, you may have seen something on your travels and advise me where I could look for inspiration.
    Here goes, it will be a right hand ring and I understand the fragility of opals. My love for black opals started back in 2012 after I saw the Aurora Borealis for the first time, as the blue and green opals reminded me of the Aurora. I want a simple setting in platinum to show off the colour and was thinking of a scattering of small diamonds to represent stars in the sky. I was thinking of a semi bezel/rub over setting. I want it to look contemporary and eye catching. Only seen a couple of rings for inspiration but not sure they are right and now I'm "ring blind" So here is my surprise Lightening Ridge black opal from Black Opal Direct - it's a roundish 2.15ct. The photo really doesn't do it justice and my hobby is photography but boy did I underestimate how to photograph the stone, even with a macro lens!
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    I like the clean lines of this, would it look odd if the right hand side of the setting was slightly wider and had scattered melee diamonds?
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    Would something like this work with a round stone and have the melee on the wider side?
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    Any advice, photo's welcome and thank you in advance.
     
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  2. bludiva
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    by bludiva » Apr 18, 2019
    I really like that second one. Sholdt makes a semi bezels if you are looking for more inspiration :) Theres a company called Sirciam that does a lot of the asymmetrical accent stones, their style is more rustic. I love the aurora borealis + stars idea. :kiss2:
     
  3. Punks-Tricks
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    by Punks-Tricks » Apr 18, 2019
    Thank you very much, will take a look at those sites.
     
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  5. Punks-Tricks
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    by Punks-Tricks » Apr 18, 2019
    Now that is a ring and a half! A beautiful centre opal Cabochon.
     
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    by FlashyFlamingo » Apr 18, 2019
    This is a lot more modern than most of the jewelry I typically wear, but I seem to pick it out of my jewelry box regularly. I feel like the opal is very secure in the bezel setting. I’ll have to dig through my inspiration pics on my phone and see if I have any other more modern opal settings.
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    by Hivona » Apr 18, 2019
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    These are some that I saved on my phone or instagram that are all really pretty in their own way. I really love the wavy opal ring & the David Klass.
     
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  8. Punks-Tricks
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    by Punks-Tricks » Apr 19, 2019
    Thank you, yes this is lovely and very similar to an aquamarine ring I own. I think that issue with the ring images I am liking is that the stones are pear or oval shaped and mine is a round.
     
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  9. Punks-Tricks
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    by Punks-Tricks » Apr 19, 2019
    Thank you for posting and yes the David Klass ring is beautiful. I'm struggling for inspiration as my stone is round, most of the one's I like are pear or oval and I don't think they would work with a round.
     
  10. Bluegemz
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    by Bluegemz » Apr 19, 2019
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    How fun! Just to keep the pics going, here are some pics of opal rings which I am intrigued by. I think these could work for many shapes, just as general jewelry style ideas.
     
  11. FlashyFlamingo
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    by FlashyFlamingo » Apr 19, 2019
    9288802B-BAB1-48A7-A0BE-2BD776A391F3.jpeg 1DAA177F-9BA3-480D-8085-E0C70BA657B8.jpeg Dover Jewelry just posted this last night. It’s an oval, but a pretty round oval and the setting is fairly modern.
     
  12. T L
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    by T L » Apr 19, 2019
    I would halo or set it with green and orange side stones. I really love opals with side stones that enhance the colors in their color play.
     
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    by elle_71125 » Apr 19, 2019
    Gorgeous opal @Punks-Tricks :love:
    @samranmal has a gorgeous setting for her purple garnet. The diamonds are scattered and it has an old world celestial vibe. Thought it might be some good inspiration for you.

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  14. GliderPoss
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    by GliderPoss » Apr 21, 2019
    That opal is absolutely lovely! I think a smooth bezel will not only look lovely but protect the stone too.
     
  15. lovedogs
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    by lovedogs » Apr 21, 2019
    Omg that second ring is TDF! I might need to use that style with a larger stone at some point. It's perfect for a halo look without the extra coverage if you can't swing it with the size of center Stone.
     
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  16. Bluegemz
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    by Bluegemz » Apr 21, 2019
    Yes, and it would be amazing for a pendant with a big, slim opal. I like that it isn’t all about the halo, but frames the stone beautifully. It has an intriguing, lyrical movement combined with a little static architecture in those prongs, which is a combo which I think fits black opals especially. :razz: It’s as if the prongs are holding all of that color in.
     
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  17. suzanne2
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    by suzanne2 » Apr 22, 2019
    I like the flow of this ring. It would be lovely with one side larger and scattered with melee like the purple garnet posted above.

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  18. lambskin
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    by lambskin » Apr 22, 2019
    That Wavy setting is really cool!
     

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