A Cat's Eye Black Opal & Diamond Ring
The Center Stone: Lightning Ridge Black Crystal Opal, solid
- origin: Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia
- brightness of color: 3 of 5
- darkness of bodycolor: 2.5 of 5
- oval cabochon cut
- stone measurements: 11.49mm x 6.89mm x 6.61mm
- cat's eye pattern
The Side Stones: Diamond
- 10 single cuts
- approximate total carat weight: 0.15ct
- average clarity: SI
- average color: H-I-J
The Setting: Bezel and Channel Set Ring
- 14kt white gold, solid
- shank width: 2.35mm
- default size: 7.75
More About Eunice:
A pure cast white gold ring decorated with sparkling diamond accents around a solid black opal center. In the darkness of the opal is a bright electric-blue eye that glows intensely in natural sunlight.
While many believe opal to come only in a traditional white hue, this common misconception cannot be more inaccurate. With over 200 varieties of natural opal discovered so far, the historically referred "Queen of Gems" can come in a wide variety of colors- before the stone's famous "play of color" rainbow effect is even taken into consideration. Over 90% of the world's opal is produced in Australia with other well-known deposits located in Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil, and the United States.
Chemically, opal is an integrated combination of water and silica. Water content in opal can range from 3% to 21% by weight, with average jewelry material ranging between 6% and 10%. Because of this, it is advised to store your opal jewelry with care; safes and bank vaults can be notoriously dry. We suggest storing opal in an airtight container along with a piece of water-moistened cotton when dry storage conditions are anticipated. Some varieties are more resilient to harsh conditions than others. It is safe to clean solid opal jewelry with warm water, mild soap, and a soft-bristled toothbrush. Avoid chemicals, harsh abrasives, and ultrasonic cleaners.