While sapphires, rubies, and alexandrites are popular colored gems for couples choosing or designing engagement rings, opals are a perfect choice for those who want to add something special and unique to a major occasion such as a proposal or wedding.
Opal is a unique gemstone known for its characteristic fire or play of colors. Its vivid colors and brilliant rainbow hues make opal engagement rings stand out among gemstone rings. Each opal stone is unique and distinctive in the world, perfectly appropriate for celebrating your romantic love story.
Exquisite opal engagement rings are beautiful and distinctive but require special care to maintain their beauty and durability. The following are tips and precautions that can help you maintain and care for your opal ring.
What is Opal?
Opal is a precious gemstone that is porous and composed of silica and water, containing about 20% water. It has a Mohs hardness of 5-6.5, which means it is a very soft gemstone.
Opals have a stunning rainbow-like display, due to their intrinsic microstructure that diffracts white light into all the spectrum colors.
Some Tips to Care for Your Opal Jewelry
Over time opals have been used in various types of jewelry including rings, necklaces, earrings, etc. If you want to wear an opal ring daily, you will want to take care of this ring more carefully. Because in our daily lives, our hands tend to suffer more than other parts of our body. Follow these tips about caring for your opal ring and make it be handed down from generation to generation as a beautiful opal heirloom.
Avoid Rapid Temperature Change
Opals can be sensitive to extreme temperature changes. Avoid sudden exposure to extreme heat or cold, as this can cause the opal to crack. Additionally, rapid temperature changes can lead to the phenomenon of opal crazing, which happens when the water inside the stone begins to move and causes deformation.
Clean it With a Soft and Damp Cloth
Clean your opal ring regularly to remove dirt and oils that can dull its luster. Do not use abrasive materials like toothbrushes or scrubbing pads to clean your opal ring. As opal is a soft stone, the surface can be easily scratched, so please use a soft and damp cloth instead.
Don't Submerge in Water
Opal is a precious gemstone that is porous, it’s best to avoid submerging it in water for extended periods. Remove your ring before swimming or doing the dishes. Besides, you must avoid touching your opal ring directly with water or soaking it in to clean it. As doing so will cause the stone to absorb water and lead to it losing its luster.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Do not expose your opal ring to harsh chemicals such as household cleaners, chlorine, or acetone. These can damage the opal and its setting. Clean the ring using a mild detergent and a damp soft cloth soaked in warm water.
When you’re not wearing your opal ring, store it separately from other jewelry to prevent scratching. You can use a soft pouch or a jewelry box with padded compartments. When an opal is exposed to dry conditions for an extended period of time, it may crack and dry up. Wrap it in a soft, moist cloth before putting it away.
This Rose Gold Opal Engagement Ring features a classic prong setting for the center gem, with moissanite accents highlighting its natural elegance.
This stylish Cluster Opal Engagement Ring features gemstones on both sides fanning out like petals, complemented by a gold band for a unique touch.
At AmandaFineJewelry, we offer a wide range of opal rings in a variety of styles, from classic solitaires and stunning halos to intricate designs. If you’re looking for a distinctive and exquisite ring, explore our collection of exquisite opal rings.