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As its dark background sets spectral colors ablaze like a storm cloud behind a rainbow, the black opal appears.

  • Mens Ethiopian Black Opal Jewelry Ring, Welo Black Opal Wedding Ring

    Welo black opal jewelry wedding ring framed by white zircon for men. Black opal flash of green and red dominate natural Mens Ethiopian Black Opal Zircon Gemstone Jewelry Ring. Black Opal Ring displays color from its depths with every movement and turn. Opal is the birthstone for October, so this makes a great gift for your loved ones! Ethiopian black opal wedding ring band for men if your looking for a one-of-a-kind Welo black opal and white zircon jewelry combination in sterling silver. Gentlemans Ethiopian Black Opal Ring with a approx. .40ct faceted 7x5mm smoked, natural Welo black opal gemstone sets center stage as hues of emerald green and ruby red color catches everyones eye. Treated faceted black opal gemstone accented by the sparkle of three 2mm natural untreated white zircon approx. .35ct gemstones frame each side of opal in a diamond shape for a total of six crystal clear white zircons. Black Opal and zircon stones all prong set and secured in a size 10 shiny .925 sterling silver ring band rhodium flashed. Ring measures 11mm (3/4") at widest point which tapers off to a comfortable fitting 2mm bottom sterling silver ring, 5.6 total grams. This ring band can be adjusted by your local jeweler, should a different band size be needed. Frame your ensemble with this glamorous presence. Mens Ethiopian Welo Black Opal Gemstone Wedding Ring with natural white zircon; mens opal wedding band displays red and green hues with a undertone of blues, reds, yellow and green. Gemstone's examined using strong magnification and a 30X triplet loupe, black opal with a body tone of N1; a quality Ethiopian black opal stone as white zircons give you a greater sparkle than seen in a genuine white diamond; two unique gemstones compliment each other. Each stone selected is inspected under microscope, chemical tested for authenticity and checked for any unusual inclusions to make each item truly unique and one-of-a-kind! A new process has been developed which causes Ethiopian opal to exhibit vivid colors in contrast to a semi-transparent black body color. The process allows carbon to be deposited throughout the entire opal body making it appear as a replica of the famous Lightning Ridge black opal from Australia. The process begins with fine quality natural solid opal from the Welo district. The strength, vibrancy, and intensity of color this process produces is directly related to the quality of the natural opal used to begin the process. Unlike sugar treated matrix opal, a lesser quality stone will not improve with treatment. It is a tricky process that involves both heat and smoke; any unstable material will not survive during treatment. This brings the overall cost of this treated gemstone higher than its untreated counterpart. In the smoke treatment process, the opals are wrapped in silver foil paper and heated. The smoke penetrates the opal and darkens the background color. This process results in a brighter play-of-colors in contrast to the darkened background color. This new treatment, however, leaves the opal decidedly black and very stable. The black potch (colorless opal) sometimes found on the back of many Lightning Ridge stones is different than that of a smoked black opal. This gem is mostly semi-transparent with little opaque potch and the color usually runs through the back of the stone. Opal occurs in different body colors, ranging from semi-transparent to opaque. Black opal is the most rare and valuable of all opals. It is solid and generally found as a bar or bars of various colors in a dark body of black, blue, brown or grey. Some black opals have a complete rainbow of colors while others have deep blue to green hues. Ethiopia continues to astound the world with its infinite variety of precious opal. The variety of body colors, patterns, and especially the brilliance of colors that Ethiopian opals display are simply amazing! Many exhibit brilliance on a scale not seen since the early South Australian productions. Australia was once the world's most prolific opal source, but Ethiopian opal's intoxicating display of color has surpassed the popularity (and supply) of gems from that region. The Land down under has traditionally been known for an exciting opal variety known as black opal. Some of the finest gems have been mined in the lightning ridge area. In case you aren't familiar with black opal, it is precious opal that displays its play-of-color against a dark body color. Color is produced by light entering the opal and being broken up into colors by the spheres and spaces between them. It follows that space between the spheres must be uniform since the spheres are uniform. This light phenomenon is called diffraction. The size or the spheres determines the color one sees. Large spheres (0.00003 mm) (equals one millionth of an inch) produce reds. Blue and greens are produced by medium size spheres. Small spheres produce violet. There is usually not one constant pattern over the whole stone. There are breaks in the size of the spheres or the orientation of the lines of spheres. These breaks in the alignment of the spheres account for the different patterns of opal. Opal is softer and more brittle than many other gems and should be stored carefully to avoid being scratched by other jewelry. Since opal is not as hard as diamonds you do need to take precautions to ensure your opal doesn't get damaged. Opals rank at about 5 or 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, whereas diamonds rank at 10. Opal should be treated with care. It should also be protected from blows, as exposed corners can chip. Remove your opal jewelery if there is a chance it will be scratched or broken, working, gardening, moving furniture, cleaning, bathing, showering, doing your hair, bedtime, etc.) Gemstone jewelry should not be worn 24/7/365 as this is a potential cause for scratching, chipping, breakage and prongs may become loose or caught on clothing, bedding, hair, etc. CARING: Opal should be cleaned gently with mild detergent in warm water and a soft toothbrush or soft cloth. It is recommended that you should avoid acid, bleach, chemicals or using a ultrasonic cleaner as the intense vibrations of the ultrasonic machine may cause cracking of opals and gemstone jewelry. If you need to store your opal away for a period of time, simply place it in a padded cloth bag for protection. Have your opal jewelry checked by your local jeweler periodically for claw damage, scratches, cracks and ensure the security of the setting as prongs can come loose from long time wearing of the opal jewelry piece; this also goes for all gemstones. After years of wear, small scratches and scuff marks cause an opal to lose its shiny polish and become dull looking. Professional polishing can bring new life to an opal which has become dull or scratched. Due to the composition and natural properties of mined gemstones, the product images may show slight differences to the actual stone size, color saturation, tone, hue and image may appear different.
  • Angelite African Opal Black Agate with Sterling Silver Onyx Pendant
    Angelite African Opal Black Agate with Sterling Silver Onyx Pendant

  • Ethiopian Opal Black Brown oval chabochon 9x15 mm
    Ethiopian Opal Black Brown oval chabochon 9x15 mm

  • Black opal post earrings, wire wrapped drops
    Black opal post earrings, wire wrapped drops

  • Black Opal Triplet 925 sterling silver Jewelry Set
    Black Opal Triplet 925 sterling silver Jewelry Set

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