0.6 Cts Natural Solid Australian Opal Sterling Silver .925 Ring Size 6.25 For Sale
0.6 cts NATURAL SOLID AUSTRALIAN OPAL sterling silver .925 RING size 6.25
with clear accent stones
SolidAustralian opal, cut and polished by myself from rough. No treatments. Not a doubletor triplet, this issolid Opal from Australiaset in .925 sterling silver.
Ring Size Chart
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Mark or cut the string at the length which wraps around your finger exactly one time.
Measure that length of string against a standard ruler.
Compare against the closest circumference in the chart below to find your size.
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FACTS ABOUT OPALS
Opal is one of the five precious gems of the world, the others being sapphire, emerald, diamond and ruby. Like DNA, opals are unique and no two are exactly the same.
There are many types of opal and they are all precious gems and very beautiful, namely crystal opal, white opal, black opal, boulder opal, matrix opal, yowah nut opal.
Black opal tends to be the most rare although other factors such as brilliance, colour and pattern come into play. For example, a top quality, brilliant crystal opal with a range of colours will be of a higher quality than a black opal of lower brilliance and less colour. Generally black opal will always be better and higher quality more valuable than other types of opal.
BRIGHTNESS: This relates to the brightness or brilliance of colour coming from the opal. Some opals will flash brightly and others will be more subtle and subdued.
COLOUR:The rarity of colours within an opal follows the order of red being the rarest and most valuable colour, with orange , yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet following in value in this order. However, remember the brilliance factor, such that a brilliant green may be more valuable than a less brilliant red. Some opals have a predominant colour and others have a range of colours. All are precious, valuable and beautiful and there are opals to suit all tastes.
SIZE: Opals like diamonds and other precious gems are measured by carat weight. Quality opal can command a price per carat similar to and quite often more than diamonds.
VARIETIES OF NATURAL OPAL
Opal is a gemstone consisting of hydrated amorphous silica with the chemical formula SiO2.nH2O. There are two basic forms of opal described by visual appearance.
Precious Opal - is opal which exhibits the phenomenon known as play-of-colour, produced by the diffraction of white light through a micro-structure of orderly arrayed silica spheres to produce changing spectral hues.
Common Opal and Potch - is opal which does not exhibit a play-of-colour. The distinction between common opal and potch is based on formation and structure. Potch is structurally similar to precious opal but has a disorderly arrangement of silica spheres. Common opal shows some degree of micro crystallinity.
TYPES OF NATURAL OPAL
Natural opal is opal which has not been treated or enhanced in any way other than by cutting and polishing. There are three types of natural opal, with varieties described by the two characteristics of body tone and transparency.
Natural Opal is opal presented in one piece in its natural state apart from cutting or polishing and is of substantially homogenous chemical composition.
Opal that is presented in one piece where the opal is naturally attached to the host rock in which it was formed and the host rock is of a different chemical composition is commonly known as boulder opal.
Opal that is presented in one piece where the opal is intimately diffused as infillings of pores or holes or between grains of the host rock in which it was formed. This opal is commonly known as matrix opal.
The variety of natural opal is determined by the two characteristics of body tone and transparency.
Black Opal or Opal with a dark grey body shows the most brilliant play of colours imaginable. Black opal is precious opal with black body color. Also used for black potch covered with thin layer of crystal opal that lets the black under layer show through. A Black Opal is so named because of its natural dark base colour which can be black, dark blue or dark gray. The surface colours can range from a variety of blues and greens to all the brilliant colours of the rainbow. It is found in two centres of Australia---Lightning Ridge in New South Wales and Mintabie in South Australia. The Lightning Ridge Opal is the better of the two, due to brilliance and intensity of colour. The Lightning Ridge Black Opal is the most expensive of all the opal types, on a dollars per carat basis, due to its absolute rarity and the demand from collecters around the world.
Semiblack is or gray opal, precious opal with dark body color.
White opal is precious opal with white or very light body color.
The White Opal has a whitish base colour all over the gemstone. The brilliant colours emanate from this white base. White or milky Opals show more diffuse colours and are the least expensive Opals.
Crystal opal, which comes immediately after Black Opal in the hit list, should be more transparent with a deep play of colours. Crystal opal, transparent to semitransparent, colorless body with play of color.
One of the differences between White Opal, versus Black Opal and Boulder Opal is the colour play generally extends from surface to base, or from skin to skin, whereas the Black Opal and Boulder Opal generally have a naturally occurring single base colour, differing from its surface colours. With a light texture base, this material can appear from a superior crystal gel form emerging with interplay of different firy bright colours down to a purely white milky solid. It is usually drawn from the mines in Coober Pedy, Andamooka in South Australia.
Types of Opal
Solid Opals. A solid opal, as the name implies, is a single piece of opal. Solids may be cut into a variety of shapes ranging from circular hemispheres and ovals to free-flowing shapes that follow the natural lines of the stone.
Doublet Opals. Doublets are created by taking a thin sliver of natural crystal opal, then attaching it with jewellers cement to a natural black opal backing. (The backing is called black potch and lacks the play of colour charateristic of opal.)
Triplet Opals. A triplet is also a composite piece. To create a triplet, the jeweler takes a sliver of natural crystal opal, then attaches it with jewellers cement to a backing of black potch. A cap of clear quartz is then placed on top of the opal sliver, creating, if you will, a sandwich effect.
Doublets and Triplets make use of opal that is too thin to use as a solid gemstone. A doublet is a thin layer of precious opal glued to a black base. The Opal slice is usually rounded a little for a cabachon effect. It is made by gluing slices of precious opal to a common opal backing with blackened cement, usually an epoxy resin. The dark backing enhances the colours of the opal. A triplet adds a transparent, quartz cap and is a three part piece consisting of the base (either vitrolite, plastic or obsidian), a centre slice of White Opal which has been painted black on the underside to give a Black Opal appearance and has a top of Quartz as a protection for the thin layer of Opal (which is usually sliced to only 1000th of an inch).
Purists prefer the base material to be common opal. However many black materials are used, including old phonograph records. Boulder Opal Doublet comprises of a layer of white opal on the top and attached by another layer of iron-backing stone from Boulder Opal underneath. Most solid opals and doublets are cut and polished with a convex dome or curved top. This encourages light into the stone so that the opal's irridescent properties are shown at their best. For triplets, the dome is created by a crystal cap that covers the flat slice of opal.
The body tone of an opal is different to the play-of-colour displayed in precious opal. There are three varieties of natural opal based on body tone. Body tone refers to the relative darkness or lightness of the opal when ignoring the play-of-colour. Opal is classified as black, dark or light according to its underlying body colour.
Black Opal - is the family of opal which shows a play-of-colour within or on a black body tone by reference to the AGIA Body Tone Chart N1, N2, N3 and N4 when viewed face up. Whether an opal is a black or not can be determined by nearly closing ones eyes and squinting at the face of the stone. All colours are ignored and the overall body tone (blackness level) can then be seen. When this is compared to the scale of blackness below it is possible to identify how black the stone is. Only stones achieving values N1 to N4 on this scale are considered black opals - attracting the additional value associated of this class of opal.
N1- N2 -N3 N4 -N5 -N6 N7- N8- N9 Black Opal, Dark Opal, Light Opal.
Dark Opal - is the family of opal which shows a play-of-colour within or on a dark body tone by reference to the AGIA Body Tone Chart N5, N6 when viewed face up.
Light Opal - is the family of opal which shows a play-of-colour within or on a light body tone by reference to the AGIA Body Tone chart N7, N8 or N9 when viewed face up. The N9 category is referred to as white opal.
Opal with a distinct coloured body (such as yellow, orange, red or brown) should be classified as black, dark or light opal by reference to the AGIA Body Tone Chart with a notation stating its colour hue.
Crystal opal, which comes immediately after Black Opal in the hit list, should be more transparent with a deep play of colours.
Molecular structure and alignment determine the variety of hue. For miners, "colour is money". Red is the rarest, violet the most common. Brightly coloured opals are the most valuable and Lightning Ridge produces more of them than anywhere else in the world. A black opal is a natural solid stone with a black or nearly black body tone (i.e. base or background appearance).
Opal shows all forms of diaphaneity and ranges from transparent to opaque. Natural precious opal which is transparent to semi-transparent is known as crystal opal. Crystal opal can have either a black, dark or light body colour tone. The term "crystal" in this context refers to appearance not a crystalline structure.
Black crystal opal is transparent to semitransparent opal, with dark body color and play of color.
Fire opal, translucent to transparent, with yellow, orange, or red body color. May or may not have play of color. Also called Mexican opal or Sun opal.
Boulder opal is a thin seam of precious opal on ironstone matrix. Since this is a natural occurrence, its value is higher than that of a man made doublet. The ironstone is very dark, which makes the fire stand out and gives a close resemblance to black opal.
Black opal prices are higher than light opal prices due to the superiority of their brightness, patterns and colour play. Whereas light opal fades in poor light or under fluorescent lights, black opal will retain strong colour.
Grey and semi-black opal from Lightning Ridge offers much of the brightness, pattern and colour benefits of black opal, but generally at lower prices. A major reason for the relatively high price of black opal is its rarity and the difficulty in finding it. Most opal miners work hard in difficult conditions and find nothing for months. A small percentage of them find just enough to live on, and a very very small percentage do well.
Boulder Opal. Found only in Queensland, this rare Opal was formed from silicon diozide and other minerals finding their way into the fissures of ironstone. The cutter must always take a little of this natural ironstone when extracting a gemstone and this gives the dark overall colour which does not detract from the Boulder Opal. When little or no ironstone appears in the face of Boulder Opal, the price of Boulder equals that of very fine Black Opals. The natural occurrence of Boulder allows for particularly interesting shapes which in the hands of a creative jeweller makes for stunning creations.
Matrix opal is another common term used to describe two types of Matrix, one is known as Andamooka Matrix which is sugar and acid treated, Opal bearing rock, and the other is Queensland Boulder Matrix. Queensland Boulder Matrix is natural. It is simply naturally-occuring Opal and ironstone in a pepper and salt pattern.
Matrix opal consists of thin seams or spots of precious opal in matrix. The matrix is usually dark ironstone, but occasionally a light sand stone also called Mass opal.
Stones that are predominantly white or light blue are the most common, and those that contain reds, oranges, and violets are considered more desirable. Blue and green are very common in most precious opal. Black opal, opal containing a predominantly dark background (dark-gray to blue-black) is the rarest, and the most desireable of all opals. An opal that contains reds and oranges it brings even a higher value. It may be priced right up with the top gemstones (diamond, emerald, and ruby). The very best black opal comes from Lightening Ridge, Australia and small amounts still reach the market today.
Features of Opal that Determine Price
Colours present in the stone (also called "play of colour")
Brightness of the stone - called the "fire"
Whether the stone is black, dark, boulder or light body tone
How saturated or intense the colours are
Whether the stone appears dull from any angles
Whether the stone is flat on top or has a rounded dome
The size and weight of the stone
The cut of the stone - even oval, or irregular freeform
Metaphysical, Spiritual and Healing Properties of Opal:
For ages people have been believing in the healing power of Opal. It is reported to be able to solve depressions and to help its wearer find the true and real love. Opals are supposed to further enhance the positive characteristics for people born under the zodiac sign of Cancer. Black Opal is recommended to those born under Scorpio, and Boulder Opal is the lucky stone for Aries. The fantastic colour play of Opal reflects changing emotions and moods of people. Fire and water, the sparkling images of Boulder Opal, the vivid light flashes of Black Opal or the soft shine of Milk Opal – striking contrasts characterise the colourful world of this fascinating gemstone. Maybe this is the reason why it depends on our daily mood which Opal we prefer. Opals are like human emotions: you always experience them different and anew.
Opal Carries Moon and Sun Energies
Opals are formed from balls of silica. This silica has different levels of depth and density and holds water as well. That is where the "rainbow" colors come from. The opal is used for helping one that doesn't want to appear in the front or allows you to "fade into the background." Or to be less noticed. A stone of happy dreams and good changes. The opal can be used to help one open their "mystical" side. Gives you understanding of the Higher Powers. This stone carries both the sun and moon's energy. It is basically a moon's stone or female energy but has it's flash of male energy in the iridescent colors and carries the sun's energy. These flashes encourage intuition and insight. These flashes also represent an "inner fire" that gently stimulates you towards the Spiritual realms. Can be used during astral travel but is NOT a powerful stone for astral travel, the energies are mor subtle. Opals should be moistened often by a natural oil or water. If all the water evaporates out of the stone it will become fragile and break. The opal is tied to our emotional side. Brings clarity by amplifying and mirroring feelings. Brings buried emotions to the surface so they can be dealt with. Helps a person to "loosen up" and become more spontanous. If this stone is not used for the good of all, it will backfire on you. This stone works best with a water cleansing.
White opal is much like caffeine. It brings a great deal of energy to your body and helps you get more done. It charges you so to speak, makes you more productive. White opal works mainly on the physical body but also the mind as it makes you want to do more as well as have the energy to do things.
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances the imagination and creativity as well. It helps one release inhibitions and enhances the memory.
Opal is also said to be a very spiritual stone, and can help one be "invisible" in situations where they don't care to be noticed. It has been known to bring happy dreams, and also to ease the process of change.
Opal is a silicate, containing water, correlating with our emotions. Clarifies by amplifying and mirroring feelings, buried emotions, desires (including love and passion). With this comes less inhibition, more spontaneity, free visualization, clearer imagination, and more vivid dreams.
Fire: This is an enhancer of personal power, awakening the inner fire, as well as protection against danger. It is a symbol of hope, an energy amplifier, facilitating change and process. It supports through emotional turmoil, and is a wonderful stone in releasing and letting go of the past.
Blue: the ultimate stone for all forms of wishes, for entering the world of the fae (fairies) and for seeing beyond the immediate physical reality to the wonders within nature and life.
Blue-Green (Chrysopal): This opal will open one to new impressions and encourages openness in others. It will help one to observe the world with new eyes, and it alleviates emotional burdens.
Green: This is beneficial for cleansing and rejuvenating that promotes emotional recovery and aides relationships. It has the ability to filter information and reorient the mind, thus giving it a better meaning to every day life, and bring about a clearer spiritual prospective.
Pink: Promotes a feeling of centeredness, as a spiritual level this opal actives clairvoyance and clairsentience. It can be particularly helpful in healing head aches caused by blocked or unopened third eye chakras.
Black: Is known to enhance sexual attractiveness, as well as leading one to a higher spiritual experience. One of the strongest good luck stones. It is told to transform the fears that hold us back from action into optimism and an eagerness to get on with our lives.
Opal are known to strengthen the will to live. Linked to the heart, and told to stimulate the glands and regulate the metabolism. Opal has a beneficial effect on the human psyche, pouring a warm healing energy on broken hears and restoring harmony.
White: Greatly increases general productivity through activation of the necessary glands. Regularizes the biorhythms of the wearing, avoiding discordant energies which may lead to uncontrolled behavior between frantic activity or total inactivity. Harmonizing desire, creating lovemaking rather than pure appetite, restores pleasure to eating which alleviates food related disorders.
Fire: This opal supports through emotional turmoil, and is a wonderful stone in releasing and letting go of the past. It resonates with the abdomen and lower back and the triple burner meridian. It heals the intestines as well as the kidneys, balancing the adrenal glands and preventing burn out. It also stimulates the sexual organs, and is an excellent stone for warming and reenergizing.
Blue: Emotional soother that helps to realign one to their spiritual purpose. It is useful when past life experiences are affecting the present life, these can be healed through the etheric blueprint.
Blue-Green (Chrysopal): Detoxifies and regenerates the liver as well as relieving feelings of constriction from the heart and chest.
Green: Green opal strengthens the immune system and helps to alleviate colds and flu.
Pink: It can be particularly helpful in healing head aches caused by blocked or unopened third eye chakras. Ti promotes tissue regenerating and heals blood disorders, muscle tension as well as spinal disorders and menopausal symptoms which may afflict.
Black-Brown-Gray: Particularly useful for releasing sexual tension that arises from an emotional cause, as well as for processing and integrating newly found or released emotions. Black opals will absorb pain and/or illness, replacing it with a healing rainbow of light. It may ease chronic bone problems or weaknesses and any disease deep within the body tissue. Use it to counter side effects fro modern x-ray or laser treatments as well as to reduce the toxicity of necessary chemical treatments.
Energy: Projective, Receptive
Element: All Elements
Powers: Astral projection, psychism, beauty, money. luck and power
To many the opal has been known as a stone of sorrow, misfortune and bad luck. This however is a modern idea, and untrue. The opal contains all of the colors as well as all of the qualities of all other stones. And as such, an opal may be "programmed" or charged with virtually every type of energy used in all spells involving all magical needs.
Opals are worn during trips of astral projection to facilitate the process but also for protection. Opals are used to recall past incarnations, and is favored by many to develop psychic powers. Jewelry is the best for this aspect, especially ideal are earrings. Opals are worn to bring inner beauty to the surface, and one should carry or use and opal to dedicated oneself to improving outward appearance.
Fire opals are often used in spells for drawing money. They are effective in use within rituals to increase passion in a relationship. It is excellent for working with the four elements and channeling the energies of the fire spirits in a positive way.
Black opals are prized by magicians and Wiccans as strong power stones. More recently in Wiccan rituals used as God stone (white opal being the Goddess stone) Black opal amplifies power magically and an amulet of black opal attracts good fortune.
All opals are considered luck-bringing stones.
Opals are extremely sensitive to the energies and vibrations of the wearer, projecting the exact same vibrations as the bearer of the stone. This makes an opal a wonderful manifestation stone. If one truly believes in an idea strong enough, the stone will beam those positive vibrations out, thus attracting just what you hold possible in your mind. However, on the other hand, your negative vibrations will also be broadcast with the same amount of power. Do not use opal if you are feeling down, pessimistic or negative in any way, you will only compound the issue.
Modern Birthstone for the month of October.
Stone of Cancer, Libra, Pisces and Scorpio, and said to be ruled by Mercury.
Due to all of the colors contained in this stone, it may be used to work on any and all of the chakras.
Blue: resonates the 5th throat chakra and can enhance communication, especially that of which has been suppressed through lack of self confidence. Rainbow blue opal cleanses and gently energizes the aura and all chakras.
Pink: Aids in cleansing and activating the 1st root or base chakra and 2nd sacral or navel chakra and promotes a feeling of being centered. Opal can be particularly helpful in healing headaches caused by ablocked or unopened 6th chakra also called the third eye or brow chakra..
Black-Brown-Grey: resonates with the 2nd sacral or navel chakra as well as the reproductive organs. Use with fluorite to clean the aura and prevent cording.
General Gemstone Details and Scientific Properties:
Opal is a mineral species which is amorphous in structure, (without form). It has a chemical composition of SiO2.nH2O. Opal is a hardened silica gel, usually containing between 5-10% water (water content usually 3 to 14% by weight, but sometimes as high as 20%) with a Mohs Hardness of 7 with a trigonal crystal structure. Therefore it is noncrystalline, unlike most other gemstones. Opal is consists of tiny spheres of amorphous silica gel, which gives it its "Fire" and glittery play of colours. The iridescence of precious opal is caused by the way the structure, or regular arrangement of these tiny silica spheres, diffracts light.
Opal can be transparent to opaque in appearance and is usually seen cut into cabochons, carvings, and beads and is occasionally faceted. Refractive index is around 1.450 but can go as low as 1.42 depending on the type of Opal. The specific gravity is 2.15 and the hardness is soft, being a 5. Opal is very sensitive to heat or sudden change in temperature. Never clean your Opal jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner, it will crack the Opal.
Although opals are not actually crystals, they are composed of differing minerals and water. They have gained in popularity since the time of the ancients. They include various pockets of colors that vary in their intensity, which causes the various bursts of multicolored flashes of light, depending upon the viewpoint of the observer. However, the strength of the flashes of color will depend upon the transparency and body color of each specimen. Most opals are approximately sixty million years old and date back to the time of the dinosaurs during the Cretaceous period.
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