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About Opal Rings

According to an aboriginal legend from Australia, the creator of the universe came to earth on a rainbow. The pebbles where he stood absorbed all the beautiful colors of the rainbow and that's how opals were born. Regarded as a 'symbol of hope', opals were believed to possess the virtues of all other gemstones. In the past, they have been worn to improve memory and eyesight, cure depression and other physical and mental ailments. A favorite gemstone among artists, an opal is believed to enhance imagination and creativity. It is said that during intense times of change, growth and transformation, an opal facilitates healing and guides you towards the right direction. The beauty of this gemstone and its vivid play - of - color is often associated with volcanoes, galaxies and fireworks. Early Romans and Greeks called it the 'cupid stone' as the seductive flashes of colors were believed to instill love and passion.

Scientifically, its formation has a more realistic background. It is said that rainwater seeped down the sedimentary rocks in the dry lands of Australia and settled in deep underground crevices. The water, when evaporated, left behind deposits of solid silica that became opals. There is about 20% to 30% water content trapped in them, which makes them delicate and vulnerable to sudden change in temperatures. Opal has a rating of 5.5 to 6 on Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which indicates that it needs care while wearing and during storage. Nevertheless, the hypnotic colors and the mysterious diffraction of light do not fail to enchant opal lovers. From Marc Antony and Cleopatra to Elvis Presley and Elizabeth Taylor, the rich and the celebrated have owned opals as prized possessions. Currently, it is the national gemstone of Australia.

Opal got its name from the Sanskrit word 'upala' and Latin term 'opalus', both meaning 'a precious stone'. The Indonesian name for opal is 'kalimaya', derived from the Javanese word 'kali' for river and Sanskrit 'maya' meaning illusion; together they translate to 'river of illusion'. With its magical play - of - color, this gemstone has managed to attract a distinctive class of admirers. If you too have fallen for this stone's unique and iridescent beauty, then one of the best ways to flaunt it is by wearing it on your finger. For fourteenth wedding anniversaries and October birthdays, opal rings make a scintillating gift. Angara offers a fabulous selection of this alluring piece of jewerly in a wide array of designs. Whether you like it subtle or glamorous, we have just the right piece for you.

Here you'll find solitaire opal rings that radiate an understated charm. Stack it with other rings of your choice to make a fashion - forward statement. There are also designs in which the stone is surrounded by a halo of glistening diamonds or those in which the beauty of the opal is accentuated by side stones. For added brilliance, you can go for an opal gemstone ring with a diamond - studded shank. Speaking of shanks, you can either opt for a plain band or one with a tapering design. We also have sophisticated split shanks and criss - cross styles.

The opals are mainly cabochons, cut into various shapes such as oval, pear and round to create a ring that you'll treasure forever. White gold, yellow gold, rose gold, platinum - there's a wide choice in metals as well. Settings range from the classic prong to the elegant bezel. You'll also find beautiful opal wedding and engagement rings. These pieces are available in different stone qualities and total carat weight options, so you can easily choose the one that meets your style requirements and budget.

Did You Know?

In 2008, opals were discovered on Mars. This makes opal one of the few gems that have ever been found outside our planet.

Know Your Options

At Angara, it is easy to design the opal ring of your dreams. Begin by choosing the gemstone quality you wish to go with. The quality options for opal include good (A), better (AA), best (AAA) and heirloom (AAAA). Next, select the carat weight that fits your preference. Once that’s done, choose the metal that best complements the gemstone - 14k yellow gold, 14k white gold, 14k rose gold, platinum or silver. At Angara, we are committed to crafting exceptional jewelry pieces that exceed your expectations. We also offer free shipping and free returns so that you can shop with utmost convenience and confidence.

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