Australian Opal Set in 14k Gold, Scenic Opal in Gold and Silver, Opal Statement Ring, OOAK Opal Ring
This gorgeous Australian Opal reminds me of a tropical beach. The opal is set in a wide (4mm tall) 14k gold bezel with a sterling silver backplate and measures 12mm by 8mm. With the sterling silver border, the top of the ring is 15mm by 12mm. The band is comprised of two layers of sterling silver that I soldered together. The bottom layer is oxidized black and the top layer is lightly textured to create a landscape effect that mirrors the opal. The band is 5mm wide. This ring is a size 6.5 and due to the patterned band, cannot be resized. If this is not your size, I have a large collection of opals for you to choose from to create your own custom sized ring.
Opals begin as a mixture of silicon dioxide and water. When fresh water (from rain or streams) runs down over sandstone, it picks up trace amounts of silica from the sandstone. This silica and water solution sometimes finds its way into cracks and crevices. When the water eventually evaporates, the silica remains and an opal may be created. The process, although seemingly simple, takes millions of years to create an opal. Opals are all one of a kind and each captures its own beauty. They are about 5-6 on the Moh's scale of hardness which is about the same hardness as glass. Care should be taken so they are not scratched. To protect their beauty, they should not be stored in direct sunlight. They should be removed when showering or washing your hands because they can be affected by chemicals and perfumes like those in soaps and shampoos. With some reasonable precautions, your opal will last a long time!
This ring will arrive in a beautiful gift box with a free polishing cloth. Like all my jewelry, it comes with a lifetime warranty. If it ever needs a repair, just send it to me and I will fix it and return it to you at no cost. Gift wrapping is available free of charge, just convo me if you would like it wrapped.
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