Opal was referred to as the Queen of Gems by the Romans in ancient times. This is because of its color which encompasses the colors found in all other gems. It symbolizes hope, purity and fidelity which make opal engagement rings all the more enchanting. The gem is softer than other gems and more brittle and could be a beautiful sentiment to your fiancée to show you will give her the care that they deserve as your treasure. Opal should be stored away from other jewelry to avoid scratches, should be protected from hits or blows, should not be overexposed heat and cleaning should be done with a soft cloth.
Opal engagement rings were the norm until the 19th century when diamonds started being used. The gem has had a history of mixed beliefs as to how it influences the wearer. The opal has been seen as a symbol of bad luck and evil. White opals for example are supposed to be unlucky unless the wearer was born in the month of October or wears the gem with diamonds. The gem also allegedly loses its shine in the case that the wearer dies. As a charm it is apparently rendered useless by selfishness. There are other beliefs that flip the script completely and show that the gem can bring you luck. It is said to improve eyesight when worn, turn pale if the wearer is around or near poison, give the owner the power to prophesy if it’s used for good and black opals are said to be lucky.
The black opal is ranked seventh in the most valuable gemstones in the world leading diamonds which are ranked 35th. It is the rarest type of opal and the most valuable. A genuine black opal has a black background that is rich. It is a naturally occurring solid gemstone that reflects light to produce the specter of rainbow colors. The first gemologist who was named Pliny recorded that the opal has the red of the ruby, green of the emerald, purple of the amethyst and the blue of the sapphire and is the only gemstone that possesses such qualities. However, the most commonly bought opal is the white opal.
Opal is enhanced by cutting and polishing or in some cases by treating it to showcase the array of colors it produces. A type of opal known as the fire opal is rarely enhanced. Opal engagement rings can be set in white gold and surrounded or intertwined with diamonds. This will enhance the play of color and also act as a backdrop to the magical colors of the beautiful gem.