About the Item
Handmade sterling silver band inlaid with Australian crystal opal by jewelry artisan Mark Hileman. Alternating dark blue and blue-green Australian opal make this a very unique looking ring. This ring would also make a nice wedding ring if you are looking for a one of a kind handcrafted wedding band. The ring is 5.5mm wide and is shown in a size 6 1/2 for scale. The ring will be made to order in your size in 3 to 6 weeks.
Australia accounts for 96% of all commercial opal and is the main source of precious opal. Because of the unique conditions under which opal is formed, it is nearly impossible to find two opals exactly the same. Opal is the only gemstone known to man to have the natural ability to diffract light. An opal’s color is created when the voids between the particles split light entering the stone. The size and alignment of the spheres and voids, as well as the light source, determines the colors produced. To view an opal’s color play at its best, the light source must be coming over your shoulder. An opal’s color can cover the full spectrum of the rainbow.
**I recommend upgrading to Continuum sterling silver for all wedding ring or heavy wear jewelry. It will be much more durable than standard sterling silver and should extend the life of your jewelry. Read more about this great new metal option here:
Most of my rings can be made in stainless steel as well as 14k white or yellow gold for an additional charge. Contact me with your ring size for a price quote.
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It is very important that you give us your correct size when ordering as it is difficult to adjust the size without using a laser welder and risking damage to the ring. The paper finger sizers you might find on the internet and print out are not accurate so please do not use them. We have experimented and found that they vary from a 1/4 size to a full size in error. Please visit a local jeweler (or two) and get your finger sized properly. We depend on you, the customer, to provide us with the correct size so please do not estimate or guess. Special order size rings are NOT RETURNABLE.
Mark Hileman produces high quality sterling silver rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets inlaid with turquoise, sugilite, dinosaur bone, Australian opal, gem silica, lapis and other colorful stones. Every piece of jewelry is handmade in Mark's studio in Arizona. The focus is on quality not quantity-using only the best materials and craftsmanship. You will immediately see and feel a difference in the quality. Nice heavy weight silver castings, inlay that is precisely fit with no ugly gaps and a superior polish to show off the stones' natural beauty.
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