And yet, people continue to like turquoise and opal, which are not
durable, and diamond, which is not rare.
The incorrect assumptions people make when they do not know the
characteristics of some quality gems. Or how to set/use such quality
gems! Opal is one such gemstone.
What people like and what is quality are often two different things.
I would think there are more burger flippers in fast food "joints"
than there are Cordon Blue chefs cooking Haute Cuisine does that make
fast food better? Note better not popular.
As Midnight Oil sang in "Power and the passion" "Its just enough to
make you want to cry... in every home a Big Mac"
Quality gems are rare.
I am fortunate to live in Australia where some quality diamonds
originate, they ARE rare and command the price. THINK PINK. THINK
As for Opals and durability, that would depend on the setting,
especially for rings.
Australia still produces the best Opals so good that when they first
came onto the market the diamond cartels had heart failure. And spent
millions promoting diamonds over opals.
Think MONROE "Diamonds are a girls best friend" (AKA "Diamonds are a
cartels best friend" ) From "Gentlemen prefer blondes". It was an
This has led to the sales of many low quality overpriced diamonds.
Currently there is a plethora of tiny diamonds in jewellery. 1 carat
of diamonds for only $X. How happy would the ladies be if they knew
that 1 carat of diamonds was made up of $5 -$10 diamonds. Not so
I just googled 16 pages of opal rings, not ONE was set properly so
as to PROTECT the stone.
PROPERLY SET AND CARED FOR OPALS ARE DURABLE!!!!
If you don't know how to set an opal in a ring to protect it don't
This is where training under a master pays its dues. And some things
(not many) I keep to myself.
by doing more and more in those high kt golds, till even most of my
best affluent customers could no longer afford what I was making.
they were by definition not affluent.
The dollar value of metal content of a piece of jewellery is
secondary to the cost of a quality gem.
Now to put things into perspective, for newbies who have read this
and other gemstone posts and are thinking I will never be able to
There are many quality, beautiful, natural semi-precious stones that
can be used for great effect. They are not RARE but are beautiful and
durable, also very popular. Amethyst and Garnet are two that come to
mind. Don't yet know how to set faceted stones, start with cabochons.
Need instructions I have made a PDF, it ain't (anachronism not
incorrect grammar) rocket science. Email me.