Featured synthetic, triplet or doublet

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by charlie cheswick, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    found this today in a £1 tray of rings

    dont want to sell it as i love it, and looks great

    just interested to know what it is

    know nothing about opals, but reading about them, was interested as the brilliance goes right up to the top, snd not like tripets ive looked at

    (marked 925 silver)

    thanks

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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Great find, Charlie. I love the granulation too, like an Asian temple.
    Is the back of the opal mount open? What does it look like?
    And do the colour specks move or do they stay in one place?
     
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  3. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    Get a closeup photo of the top of the stone looking straight down,there is something about the stone,but a better photo is needed.
     
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  4. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    hi aj, the bezel is closed at the back which probably isnt a great sign

    the flakes move all over the shop, with light shined in

    what should the top of an opal feel like, is it cold like stone, or more like amber
     
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  5. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    An opal is cold, even triplets should be.
    Closed back means no solid stone. Moving specks mean it is not a lab opal. I'd say a triplet made from a slice of natural opal.
     
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  6. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    just out of interest, what is considered more valuble a lab opal or triplet ?
     
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  7. kyratango

    kyratango Bug jewellery addiction!

  8. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    A closed back does not mean anything,if the back is open and the base of a triplet is visible it is an indicator.Many solid natural opals are set in "bezel" cups and other settings with closed backs.
     
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Sorry, I don't know. I try to stay away from lab opals. I like opals for the play of colours, static colours are not for me.
     
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  10. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I suppose it is different in different countries. The closed back thing is something I was always told in Australia. They did use closed backs for high (thick) cabochons, but there you could see the mass of the stone because of the height/thickness.
     
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  11. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    i seem to have developed a somewhat opal fever, from looking at pictures of them !!
     
  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  13. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    fossilized trampled on slugs ?
     
  14. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

  15. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    oh yeah, thats more like it
     
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  16. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

  17. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    just trying to help with your fever !!!! :D
     
  18. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Not slugs, but will snails do?
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  19. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

  20. charlie cheswick

    charlie cheswick Well-Known Member

    for some reason, some of the triplet pictures of opals ive seen look more brilliant
     
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