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@cheriere wrote:

@Kachina624 

 

Thank you 💝🌸. I dug it out the other day after you posted all of those amazing opals lol.  
Even though mine's nowhere near those, I do like it more than my other larger opal.

 

There's actually a great jeweler here who's made a couple pieces for me, but it's been years ago.  It frightens me the prices he charge to do a big, weighty piece like I'd want lol.  Heck, the price of a thin plain gold semi mount online was crazy.  But, since I'm gonna be spending money I should just get it in what I like instead of what's cheaper.


@cheriere.  I agree as you'll hopefully wear it a long time, and often since it will go with everything.  A little sparkle in the form of a couple diamonds or zircon do a lot for a stone too.  I have a 18 pt diamond on either side of my Australian opal and they really jazz it up.

 

When I lived in Houston, a friend and I used to go to the International Gem and Jewelry shows in the Astrodome complex.  Hundred of vendors.

 

You could buy a stone at one booth then go to another and choose a setting and they'd set it for you.  Those were my fun days!  We'd spend all weekend there.  Gold was cheap and great prices on stones.

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@cheriere wrote:

@Nightowlz 

 

That's Beautiful 😍❤️. I like this bezel setting very much!  Thanks for posting this.🌸


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It will let the light in to enhance the opal. 

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Re: OPAL Needs Set

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Hi, @cheriere !  Like you, i love opals and have a few in my collection.  The first one I bought on my first trip to Australia in the late 80s,  It's a teardrop featuring blue and green that I had set into a pin/pendant with the diamonds from my first wedding set.  The others were purchased as pieces of jewelry during subsequent trips (I used to travel there a lot on business.  The largest is a pendant, the inverted triangle is an enhancer and both of these are set with diamonds.  The last are bezel set with white south seas pearls in a pair of earrings.

 

I'll post pictures but it may take me several posts.

 

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In natural light, these look pink.

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You're OPALS are EXTRAORDINARY!!!  I LOVE ❤️ each and every piece you posted!!!  What Stunning, Unique Designs!  I LOVE ❤️ everything about each of them!

 

Thank you so, so very much for sharing these!💝🌸

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@cheriere , you're welcome.  I enjoy letting these pieces out of the safe into the light of day and to share their beauty with others!  I've been very fortunate to collect such pieces.

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@cheriere wrote:

@Kachina624 

 

Thank you 💝🌸. I dug it out the other day after you posted all of those amazing opals lol.  
Even though mine's nowhere near those, I do like it more than my other larger opal.

 

There's actually a great jeweler here who's made a couple pieces for me, but it's been years ago.  It frightens me the prices he charge to do a big, weighty piece like I'd want lol.  Heck, the price of a thin plain gold semi mount online was crazy.  But, since I'm gonna be spending money I should just get it in what I like instead of what's cheaper.


@cheriere.  I agree as you'll hopefully wear it a long time, and often since it will go with everything.  A little sparkle in the form of a couple diamonds or zircon do a lot for a stone too.  I have a 18 pt diamond on either side of my Australian opal and they really jazz it up.

 

When I lived in Houston, a friend and I used to go to the International Gem and Jewelry shows in the Astrodome complex.  Hundred of vendors.

 

You could buy a stone at one booth then go to another and choose a setting and they'd set it for you.  Those were my fun days!  We'd spend all weekend there.  Gold was cheap and great prices on stones.


I'd fall in LOVE ❤️ at an event like that!  However, the last ring I had created was back when Gold was very cheap too in the early 2000s.  I love big, bold styles.  I've been stashing a little loot back for having this ring made.  Well, actually, I've got a pear cut morganite that needs set too, but this opal takes precedence lol.


Ive learned my lesson in buying loose stones these days.  It costs more in the long run.

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East-west bezel with rope edge.

 

14k Gold East West Bezel Set Opal Necklace – Dandelion Jewelry