Hello all there,
I’ve been reading all those articles about opal beeing soft,brittle
and not beeing a good idea for rings.I think those who love or like
doublets or triplets are missing the idea of making jewelry (without
beeing impollite).This estatement really makes me wonder for the next
Lots of jewelry is made out of 18 or 22 Kt gold which is quiet soft.
Pearls are really soft (2.4 up to 4.5) and yet lot of jewelry is made
out of this wonderful organic material.Ammolite is the same dificult
stone and what about corals and amber ???
Talking about brittleness,how brilttle is Emeralds,Kunzite,Lapis
Abalone shell,Cordierite know as Iolite and so on ???
As far as I can make an judgement about opals,it all relys on the
quality of the opal itself and the cutter.If they are cut to thin,
then this stone would be classified as a lower quality stone.If the
cutter knows what he’s doing then you will have an nice domed bottom
which prevend you from cracking during the setting.The stone would
have enough “body” making it strong to withstand the pressure needed
for a SAVE setting(not forcing!!).Jewellers tend to add to much
pressure in order to set the stone and then … opal are a pain.
I’ve seen hunderds even dousends of rings with opal and made self
some of them with good solid material and they still show their
beautyness and colorfire … WITHOUT A CAP !!
My wife has a very nice white multicolor opal ring for more then
seven years now and I do not want to be that opal if I knew what kind
of jobs she performs with here ring.But still,that opal is not
scratched or broken and not dull at all!On the other hand,i do not
like facetted mexican fire opal because they are extremely brittle to
me and this is the exception on this rule.
To close this subject on opals,I like to mention that opals need the
support (backing of the stone)and the know-how from us “jewellers” on
how to handle them and most of all how to set and carry opals. About
Gilson created opal,would you preffer a nice lady as your wife or
would you go for a man who lookes like a lady (for the male jewellers
amongst us)and paying for the same mariage ???