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Woman's sterling silver wedding ring inlaid with Australian opal accented by white sapphires. Perfectly matched beautifully inlaid blue-green Australian opal surrounds two round brilliant cut white sapphires in this unique inlay ring. The ring has 2 channel set sparkling white sapphires totaling .10 carats. The ring measures 5.5mm wide and is available by special order in your ring size. Special orders usually take between 4 to 6 weeks plus shipping time. This ring may be customized by substituting other inlay stones for the opal and other gemstones for the white sapphires. Additional charges will apply for upgrades. Customization details.
**THE BLUE OPAL IN THESE RINGS IS CURRENTLY LOW OR OUT OF STOCK. WE HAVE MANY OTHER COLOR CHOICES AVAILABLE, AS WELL AS SEVERAL COLORS IN LAB CREATED OPAL. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR DETAILS.
Opal has been mined worldwide, however, Australia accounts for 96% of all commercial opal and is the main source of precious opal. Australian Opal is mined in many locations throughout New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The main areas of production are Mintabie, Lightning Ridge, Coober Pedy, Andamooka and Queensland. Most opal in Australia is found in Cretaceous rock with one exception; opal from the Mintabie area is found in Paleozoic rock. Australian Opal may form in vertical or horizontal seams in the sandstone as well as in fossilized formations. Because of the unique conditions under which opal is formed, it is nearly impossible to find two opals exactly the same. Opal is the only gemstone known to man to have the natural ability to diffract light. An opal's color is created when the voids between the particles split light entering the stone. The size and alignment of the spheres and voids, as well as the light source, determines the colors produced. To view an opal's color play at its best, the light source must be coming over your shoulder. An opal's color can cover the full spectrum of the rainbow. More opal info.
Sapphire is a precious gemstone that occurs in a variety of colors. Sapphire and ruby are both corundum, composed essentially of aluminum oxide (Al2O3). Corundum is the hardest of all gemstones, following diamond, with a hardness of nine. The most common colors found in nature are red (Ruby) and blue (Sapphire). The color is caused by traces of metallic oxide impurities such as chromium, iron or titanium. In rare cases, white sapphire is found in nature. If pure, all corundum (Sapphire) would be colorless.