Well designed white opal sterling silver rings look stunning and can really look impressive on a hand.
The silver shows up the opal very nicely provided the opal is of good quality and color.
White opals are the most common of all the opals but a quality opal will display great translucent qualities that many others don’t have.
Such opals will fetch well over 150 dollars and some very rare types with a really high quality translucence, into several hundreds.
When buying opals, either set in rings or not, it is important to keep in mind a number of points.
So check the opal ring for the following:
Does the opal have a white body tone or look transparent? If so this is a good sign. Doublets and triplets are darker in tone so it is all white the opal is most likely to be genuine.
Check the sides as they should not have any visible ‘layers’ A triplet usually has a thin opal between two other materials with the top being transparent.
Also checkout the back with your finger to see if it feels like a hard plastic. Is there something glued to the back of the opal? A genuine opal should have nothing glued to the back. The exception is bolder opals of course.
A genuine opal will also seem irregular and will not be perfectly round at the circumference which an artificial opal is. You can feel irregularities and even bumps sometimes.
If the opal is already set in jewellery also be very careful as it is not always possible to see the back. If you cannot see the back of the opal it is quite possible not a natural one. Even opal experts have a hard time checking this.
Check out a selection of real opals from an opal shop before you buy. Find out what a real opal looks and feels like. Gain some familiarity with opals, It always pays to become educated and do your due diligence.
If you have an opal you are not sure about take it to a gemologist or an opal expert. There are some listed in the links section of this website.
Last but not least, always only buy opals from someone who has gemological qualifications and or at least is a member of a gemological association. Reputable dealers will be responsible and are answerable to the association to which they belong. Also ensure that you get a certificate of authenticity for every opal you buy and a guarantee that if it is not what was advertised, you can return it.
Keeping in mind the above will go a long way to ensuring you get the white opal sterling silver ring you desire.