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! 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? Would something like this work with a round stone and have the melee on the wider side? Any advice, photo's welcome and thank you in advance.