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Opal, real or synthetic?

Mehpenn

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I was gifted with this beautiful ring. The whether it's real or fake honestly doesn't matter, but I must admit I am curious.
I know this isn't a great picture but would anyone perhaps be willing to offer their opinion as to if they believe it be real or not?

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smitcompton

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Hi,

It looks real to me. It looks as if it has some color play, and I would think it is a crystal opal or an etheopian opal, which may fall under the category or crystal opal as well. I'm not sure which category is falls under.


Annette
 

aussiejamie

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Hi Mehpenn,
Is it possible to get a photo in daylight and a photo of the backside of the gem if it is open?
AJ
 

Mehpenn

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It is open on the backside, looks similar to the top. I will get more pictures this evening for you. Thank you for your help.
 

chrono

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Probably natural. If you can see the back, then perhaps it's a whole opal too.
 

Mehpenn

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Thank you. I will post more pictures this evening, in natural light.
What would be the value of such a ring, should the opal be real? Any ideas?
This ring was a gift from my father-in-law, who acquired it in a "lot" of estate jewelry. I've always been fond of opals and pearls, so he gifted it to me. It was a sweet gesture. He has no idea it's value and is interested in what I'm learning.
 

Mehpenn

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Are these better?

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deskjockey

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Mehpenn from horsecity?

(sorry, I don't know much about opals, just recognize that username, LOL)
 

Mehpenn

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Yes! It's me. I'm not very original. Haha!
 

deskjockey

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Haha! Well welcome to PS :) This is goldentoes

OK, back to your regularly scheduled Opal-Education thread, LOL
 

aussiejamie

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Hi Mehpenn,
Your opal does look to be real and is solid opal too which is a good thing. It looks to be white Coober Pedy material however it is of a commercial quality as the brightness of colourplay is probably about b1.5-b2. It is not a really expensive gem but still beautiful all the same! I hope you enjoy your new white opal ring! Thankyou for your extra pics they definitely helped.
AJ
 
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