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Opal Diamond Rings

Most engagement ring designers know, for example, that opal is extremely fragile and breakable, which is in stark contrast to even a standard diamond. This makes this type of gemstone definitely not recommended for people with an active lifestyle. Neglecting to remove an opal ring before engaging in any type of slightly more demanding activity will almost certainly result in the jewel cracking or taking on a rough appearance.

Similarly, opal is extremely sensitive to heat, which may also present a problem for brides and grooms wanting one of these stones on their ring. Plus, these stones should not be subject to sudden changes in temperature and can be affected by something as simple as stepping out of a centrally-heated house into a frosty winter day. For these reasons and more, engagement ring designers try as much as possible to detract their customers from acquiring opals.

Braver souls who feel they can cope with the challenge of having one of these stones on their engagement ring will, however, need to take a number of special precautions to ensure the stone’s maintenance. Opals should, for instance, be polished regularly with a soft cloth and soap and room temperature water. Owners of an opal engagement ring should also avoid dipping the stone in water or chemical solutions, as they can cause the opal’s layers to separate.

Even more importantly, these stones should not be left anywhere where they may be exposed to the elements and, again, this includes things as common as open windows or radiators. Opal owners living in dry climates need to also make sure that the stone is permanently hydrated, preferably by a piece of cotton inside a sealed plastic bag.