A Split-Shank Classic White Crystal Opal Ring
The Stone: Lightning Ridge White Crystal Opal, solid
- origin: Lightning Ridge, Australia
- brightness of color: 4 of 5
- ultra-white matrix
- full color spectrum
The Setting: Handmade Bezel Set Split-Shank Solitaire
- 14kt yellow gold, solid
- North-South stone orientation
- 3mm band width
- bezel measurements: 13mm x 8.4mm x 4.2mm
- default size: 6.5
- Made in USA
More About Samantha:
High grade, classic white opal with great color spectrum. Split-shank style gives a more substantial, yet not heavy feel. Easy to size.
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.