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bright&shiny

Shiny_Rock
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Hi all - I have an opal that David Klass is going to set. I'm super excited. This is my first go at having a stone set by someone other than the seller of the stone. Its also my first - from the ground up project. I'm turning to you experts to learn what I should consider and what settings might be good.

The opal:
Welo semi-transparent
Cut: Cab
dimensions: 17.84 mm x 13.61 mm X 6.51 (so its not small)
Weight: 8.12 ct.

It's got a ton of color and movement - super fun!
I bought it from Jim McCormick - who has been great - I am very happy with our interactions.

My RH size is 5.5, so I don't have very wide fingers. For that reason, I am not really thinking big halo - even though I dream of @missy's amazing ring. But this is not an Australian stone, and crystal so it behaves very differently and probably the diamonds would be more attractive to me than the opal - Lol.

My priorities:
I want the opal to be the star - and for the setting to get the best performance out of it.
It needs to be wearable in multiple circumstances (not just blinged out going out - because that's not happening for awhile and I have other stones still to set for those occasions)
I don't want it to be too big to wear, and its already on the bigger side for my hand (see pictures).
I don't want to pay a ton more than the stone - but already will be with the proposed simple gold halo. But I could be tempted...

David Klass (amazingly fast responses from him, BTW - awesome!) I sent him some inspiration pics (also posted in the thread linked below. He asked if I'd be ok with a thin gold halo, which I probably am, but then I wondered if it should be decorated in some way. He must have been reading my mind, because his next email asked if I would want any engraving on it. Lol Then I started to think about tiny bling in a thin halo..... (eye-roll).

DK sent me a few CAD renderings, but I don't know if its ok to share. But I think its ok to share the basics: approx 20 X 16 mm with the halo. The stone will be cupped. Ring size 5.5 Shank 2mm throughout. Height of the setting with the stone will be 7.4mm.

So, all you wise PS'ers. What would you do?
Any suggestions for basics since it's my first project (like shank shape, if I should plan to stack other bands with it, or other "I wish I had thought of that" learnings)?
Is simple the way to go?
Any inspirations for engraving? I LOVE flowers and vines... and have an obsession with taking photos of hummingbirds...


I'd appreciate your input - so excited to have my first real CS project underway!


Stone pics on super dry hands (RH & LH) - I hate winter!
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My first opal thread: https://www.pricescope.com/community/threads/thoughts-on-this-opal-definitely-an-opal.263240/
 

Tartansparkles

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No design inspiration but the stone is gorgeous and a fab size (and the green flashes are perfectly matched to your sleeve!).
 

bright&shiny

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@Tartansparkles - LOL - you can't imagine how neon my sleeve is - and I never bothered to get it out of the photo. I'm only wearing it because its just me and the puppy right now so I can't blind anyone :cool2::lol-2: Thanks for the compliments - I can't wait to get this made and wear it (I'll be sure to not wear the neon sweater, though).
 

Rfisher

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Random inspo
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with of course individualizing the engraving / inserting hummingbird somewhere sounds like a beautiful idea. Maybe insert some recessed enamel in there somewhere with the hummingbird? How do you feel about art nouveau?

PS-
Is that potch lines on your pretty opal, not crazing right?
 

bright&shiny

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Random inspo
A170F020-8874-4DFB-854B-A898C36363D3.jpeg
1C3AAA6F-2241-4A0E-94A1-4D7D74CA50C0.jpeg

with of course individualizing the engraving / inserting hummingbird somewhere sounds like a beautiful idea. Maybe insert some recessed enamel in there somewhere with the hummingbird? How do you feel about art nouveau?

PS-
Is that potch lines on your pretty opal, not crazing right?

Those are beautiful settings - thank you! No potch, no crazing. Just a close up and lights hitting some areas and not others. It’s eyeclean and transparent (if you look at the other post it has the specific data from the seller - plus more photos
 

lambskin

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I just love amazing opals and when you have one no need to ‘guild the lily” with an ornate setting. Let the stone speak for itself. I love the plain bezel.
 

Mrs_Strizzle

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I just wanted to say I also purchased an opal from JM that is waiting to be set so I'm anxious to see what you and DK design. I've gone back and forth about melee, but thinking my opal certainly can carry the whole show on her own. I saw this emerald on IG and like the simplicity of the setting (without melee). Screenshot_20210124-201435_Instagram.jpg
 

bright&shiny

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I just wanted to say I also purchased an opal from JM that is waiting to be set so I'm anxious to see what you and DK design. I've gone back and forth about melee, but thinking my opal certainly can carry the whole show on her own. I saw this emerald on IG and like the simplicity of the setting (without melee). Screenshot_20210124-201435_Instagram.jpg

That’s beautiful! Can you share a photo of your opal? I can’t wait to see what you create!
 

bright&shiny

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Here are two design ideas from DK. Any thoughts? I’ve seen many CAD designs, but somehow it seems so different when it’s my project.... Anyone else have that Problem?

here’s the simple design:

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then he mentioned etching and I gave him a few ideas. This is his next mock-up.
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Any thoughts?
 

ItsMainelyYou

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I'm obsessed with engraving, so automatically in my head I'm, "Is there engraving? There's so much room! Even the bottom, why the hell not? Engraaaving!"

*Now, (all outwardly cool) and to you I ask, "I love that opal, what do you plan to do?" 8-)
 

bright&shiny

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I'm obsessed with engraving, so automatically in my head I'm, "Is there engraving? There's so much room! Even the bottom, why the hell not? Engraaaving!"

*Now, (all outwardly cool) and to you I ask, "I love that opal, what do you plan to do?" 8-)

You crack me up! I have to say, I agree. So much room. The second pic @Rfisher posted above is also beautiful, but perhaps something more floral and less geometric?
 

ItsMainelyYou

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Floral! It will fit the rolling pattern in your opal, which by the way, is particularly lovely Welo example.
Did he show you a natural light shot on the hand? I really want a snakeskin pattern someday.
 

bright&shiny

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Floral! It will fit the rolling pattern in your opal, which by the way, is particularly lovely Welo example.
Did he show you a natural light shot on the hand? I really want a snakeskin pattern someday.
Thank you. I haven’t sent the stone to him yet - and it’s too cold right now, so next week I’ll send it to him. The photos above (especially the last few) are mine. I’ll post a few in completely natural light
 

dk168

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These are so pretty! Have you decided?

My Opal was a bargain and I am not going to spend a lot of money on the setting. Therefore, I am likely to opt for thick metal halo instead, in Rhodium-plated Silver.

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DK :))
 

bright&shiny

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My Opal was a bargain and I am not going to spend a lot of money on the setting. Therefore, I am likely to opt for thick metal halo instead, in Rhodium-plated Silver.

775837

DK :))

She’s a beauty! Mine wasn’t expensive either, but I’m allergic to many metals so it’s 18k or nothing I’m afraid.
 
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