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  1. mrs-b
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    by mrs-b » Mar 20, 2018
    @missy - I was hoping you might see it! I'm so happy with it - I've wanted a really good opal for a while now; I mean, I *am* Australian, an' all! :) I think I can only afford it because I'm getting it from Australia, where we really don't value opals, since they're so prolific and common - especially the bad ones! I'm so happy you like this one; I think it's extraordinary!
     
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    by missy » Mar 20, 2018
    You've done very well mrs_b! This is really a good one. I agree it's extraordinary.:love: The mix of colors and the liveliness and wow the red and orange glow. I love it!
     
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    This is a museum piece. Beautiful!
     
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    by PintoBean » Mar 20, 2018
    Omg when I saw it I uttered an expletive lolol "oh f me!"

    It's unbelievable!:love:
     
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    Awwww - thanks folks! I've looked for a while and wanted something special. It was the video that won me over. When he started moving it around, I said out loud - "That's the one!"
     
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    by ilovegemstones » Mar 20, 2018
    It is phenomenal! top top top! You are so lucky! Congrats!!!:appl:
     
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    by daneshpastry » Mar 20, 2018
    Is it going in a ring or a pendant?
     
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    Definitely a ring. :) Bezel set, east/west, diamond shoulders.
     
    


    


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    Thanks, @ilovegemstones!
     
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    by Tekate » Mar 20, 2018
    @mrs-b I about near collapsed in green jealousy, then I remembered I like you and LOVE LOVE your jewelry, I cannot wait to see this stone set.. it's going to be a knockout.. would love an opal like yours, I can't wait to see it..

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    67E977E5-99B7-40C9-AD93-BAE0FCA05D9E.jpeg 42227BEA-DD42-4E75-B7CB-F62F200E3589.jpeg BACABDAC-A384-4596-B22B-B0554ADB187C.jpeg :appl:Gorgeous!! I love the out of this world colors of your stone!! There is such a colour explosion going on.

    Have you seen it in real life or will it be set directly? The setting sounds divine. Which jeweller will set it for you?
     
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    by minousbijoux » Mar 20, 2018
    I think that might just be the single most beautiful opal I've ever seen! Love, love, love it!
     
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    by mrs-b » Mar 20, 2018
    Hi @Acinom :wavey:

    I'll get DKJ to set it. I'm going to set it into a setting very like my Holly ring; diamond shoulders, milgrain 'boxes' down the sides, satin finished in the boxes. This won't be till next year; I have the next 5 projects lines up ahead of it. I'm really pushing to get all my projects done this year; I've done a bunch recently, and this is in that vein.
     
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    by LisaRN » Mar 20, 2018
    Beautiful! :appl:
     
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    by qubitasaurus » Mar 20, 2018
    The video was phenomenal, but it looks like the listing may mention your name. If this is the case then can you get the vendor to cut that bit out?
     
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    by Catmom » Mar 20, 2018
    Oh man, it's gorgeous and I can't wait to see it set!!
     
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    by GliderPoss » Mar 21, 2018
    Oooooooh I saw this on Justin's Instagram account not long ago and was drooling over it then! :lickout:

    What a STUNNER! :clap: Cannot wait to see it set.....
     
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    by Sparkles88 » Mar 21, 2018
    Amazing opal, It’s so lively, I could stare at it forever!
     
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    I'm going to do a setting similar to my 'Merry' ring. i think that setting would make the whole thing feel like more of a band, assuming I set the opal east/west. That setting has 3 diamonds on each side, but I would cut it down to 2 on each side; it would just be too large otherwise. it would be just over .8ctw of diamonds on the sides, then the bezeled opal in the middle, then the satin finished yellow gold etcetcetc.

    Pretty, right? I'll attach some photos of 'Merry' and if you can imagine the opal in the middle, give me your opinion on this whole idea? I wouldn't have a garland basket, nor the holly decal on the back, and only 2 side stones on each side - but the rest would be essentially the same. Your thought? Thanks @Catmom!

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    by doberman » Mar 21, 2018
    That's a beautiful opal! I can't wait to see it in its setting.
     
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    by cflutist » Mar 21, 2018
    Wow, absolutely gorgeous :love::love::love:
     
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    by Catmom » Mar 21, 2018
    I think it would be gorgeous in that setting [with two diamonds on the sides]. I'm just not sure how the bezel would look. Are you going to keep the milgraining? Would the bezel be milgrained? I have to admit that I'm not a bezel person. The thought of double claw prongs makes my heart flutter...or maybe that's just my palps, lol. My opal is prong set and I really like being able to see the sides.

    After thinking more about it, I could see a bezel with double milgraining like in my pendant. I could see that. That would be so cool!

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    by mrs-b » Mar 21, 2018
    Double milgraining?? Oh - HELLO! My only concern is that I've seen double milgraining go beautifully - and I've seen it come out huge and lumpy. This opal is 10.55 across; with a bezel I was allowing 11.5. Double milgraining - especially done badly - might prohibit side stones. And I *definitely* want 2 stones on each side; I want a 5-stone feel.

    And...you have an opal?? I can't recall that! Got a link/photo that you can lay your hands on easily and share?

    The idea of the bezel is to make it more band-like - so the rails of the side stones sort of join up with the center stone; I'm not after another e-ring here.
     
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    by Catmom » Mar 21, 2018
    Well, I highly doubt DKJ would do a lumpy job but I do understand about the width factor. You're gonna need some bigger diamonds to get that 5 stone look. First world problems, lol. I do have an opal and another opal project in the works. I fell in love with an art deco opal pendant that my jeweler has but the opal doesn't match my ring stone so I'm having her find one that's closer to my ring. Here is the link to my ring...https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/opal-ring-of-my-dreams.231136/

    And this is a really bad store pic of the pendant as it is today.
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    Your ring opal is a stunning, stunning stone! WOW!

    And the opal in the pendant above is no slouch either! Originally, those were the colors I was looking for. I just LOVE that turquoise color; reminds me so strongly of the Whitsunday Islands - my favorite place in the world. Makes me homesick!

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    Aww thanks mrs-b!! It is those colors almost exactly.
     

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