Black opals have always been one of my favorite gemstones. All of the vibrant colors within each gemstone can almost be hypnotic. Orange, red, aqua, blue, yellow, pink can all be observed in a single black opal. It's almost as if the colors are in a molten form within the stone.
Opal is the national gemstone of Australia. Lighting Ridge, in New South Whales is the main source for black opals. Over the years I have developed wonderful sources, two individuals I consider personal friends. Their many trips to Australia and adventurous stories make purchasing these gemstones a real delight.
I recently was able to find a beautiful 1.26 carat oval black opal, measuring 8.4 x 6.8 mm. Marsha and I used this unique stone in a design that turned out to be a true piece of art. We combined the stone with 18k white and yellow gold and Marsha did a stunning floral engraving on the body of the ring.
Finding the opal, the planning process, design work, casting, construction, setting, and final polish took approximately three months. The ring found a new home in approximately three days. This is a piece of art that we are proud to have created in our state of the art jewelry shop.