Lab opal engagement ring with color change lab Alexandrite set in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.
When a customer contacts us with ideas about building a custom ring it’s important to listen to the customer’s wants and needs and try to put together a plan on how to complete their special ring within their budget. In the case of this lab opal engagement ring, the customer had specific stones they were interested in using- Alexandrite and opal. Because Alexandrite has some very unique color changing properties, it is extremely rare and expensive in larger sizes. This could have been a problem but the customer was flexible and was not opposed to using a lab created Alexandrite stay within their budget. When I opened the shipping box and saw the lab created Alexandrite, I knew the customer would not be disappointed. It was a beautiful purple-blue color in the natural light and changed to a deeper blue under fluorescent lighting. The stone was perfectly proportioned for the mounting the couple selected and looked even better once it was set in the Continuum silver.
The next step was to choose an inlay material to complement the Alexandrite. They chose for us to inlay the engagement ring mounting with lab created opal. It is also a budget friendly option compared to genuine Australian opal and has the added benefit of being more durable and crack resistant. We have quite a few lab opal color and pattern options available and the couple selected a very vibrant piece that looked great with the Alexandrite. The opal fires and flashes blue, green, red, orange and gold. The opal dances and the colors roll as you move the ring and change the angle the light enters the opal. The combination of the color change Alexandrite and the lab opal makes for a very dynamic and stunning engagement ring.
When you complete a customized ring, especially one as important as an engagement ring, you are always critically judging it and hoping that it meets the customer’s expectations. Not just the quality of the craftsmanship, but overall “look” of the ring. We were very excited about the finished product and were happy to hear from the customer that he and his fiancée were delighted with their new ring. We will be making a matching lab opal wedding band soon!
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Bold black onyx and lab opal ring in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.
We just added this handsome new man’s lab opal ring to our men’s ring line. The ring features four pieces of black onyx and a center piece of lab created opal precisely inlaid in sterling silver. The lab opal fires blues and greens with flashes of orange from some angles. This ring design is fairly wide, measuring about 10mm wide at the top with a slight taper toward the bottom. The ring has a nice weight and is designed to allow the silver to be refinished many times if needed. The metal is sterling silver but the ring can be custom made in white or yellow gold, 316L stainless steel or platinum for an additional charge. Because all of our rings are made to order in your specific ring size, you also have the option to make changes to the inlay stones used, the inlay pattern or the metal used. We have other opal color choices available for the lab opal center stone or other stone choices if lab opal is not for you. Your new ring will take 4 to 6 weeks to create so please plan ahead if you have a specific date for delivery. This bold ring is now available at HilemanSilverJewelry.com so head over and take a closer look at this stunning new design.
Our lab created opal rings are becoming a popular choice for engagement and wedding rings despite many of our customers being hesitant to choose lab created opal over natural opal. Most people have only seen the cheap mass produced lab opal jewelry at craft fairs and on the internet and don’t like the uniform look of the opal. Our lab opal jewelry and rings are different. Read why here! Head over to our lab opal jewelry website and check out our jewelry.
This new lab created opal wedding ring set is stunning. We inlaid the wedding set with some of the new lab opal we just received. This new lab opal has bright green flashes of color on a dark blue base color. The colors and flash of the lab opal mimic those of the best Lightning Ridge Australian opal at a much more affordable price. Both rings in the set are a comfortable thickness and width. The man’s band is 6.5mm wide at the top and the woman’s band is slightly narrower at 5.5mm wide. Both the man’s wedding ring and the woman’s are available for purchase separately if you don’t need a set. You can also purchase the set in hers and hers or his and his combinations. The green lab opal in these rings is very flashy and bold. We also have several other lab opal color options that are variations of blue-green and some options that are multicolor.
Green lab created opal wedding ring set in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.
The high quality lab created opal we use in our rings has the same chemical composition as natural opal with the exception of water content. Natural Australian opal contains about 4% water and lab created opal contains no water. Instead, the water is replaced with resin
in lab created opal. The resin gives the synthetic opal more durability and helps to resist cracking. Laboratory grown opal gives you all the fire and colors of top grade natural opal at a much more affordable price with increased durability.
We are excited to offer some great new lab created opal in beautiful colors and patterns. This is the first ring completed with the new multicolor laboratory grown opal. This opal fires in red, orange and yellow with a purple base color and hints of blue and green. We took special care to cut the lab opal to mimic the random pattern and colors of natural Australian opal. The colors in the lab opal look great with the purple amethyst set in the center. This ring would make a fun statement ring to complete your ensemble for a night out or it could be the unique wedding ring you have been searching for. The ring is shown in sterling silver but is also available in gold or platinum for an additional charge.
The stunning lab created opal in this woman’s amethyst ring is a top quality synthetic opal grown under laboratory conditions. The manmade opal’s chemical composition is the same as natural opal with the exception of water content. Australian opal contains about 4% water and lab created opal contains no water. Instead, the water is replaced with resin. The resin gives the synthetic opal more durability and helps to resist cracking. Laboratory grown opal gives you all the fire and colors of top grade natural opal at a much more affordable price with increased durability.
Stop by our new Lab Opal Jewelry website or our Etsy shop to read more about it and see our other jewelry items available. Keep checking back to our blog and our Facebook page to see updates on the latest jewelry created with the new lab created opal colors.
After years of working with top grade Australian opal in our jewelry, we have decided to expand our options to include lab created opal rings and jewelry. In recent years top quality natural Australian opal has become harder to obtain and the price has steadily increased to reflect its rarity. We realize that not everyone has the budget for Australian opal jewelry in 14 karat gold so we have decided to offer laboratory created opal as an affordable alternative in our silver and stainless steel rings and wedding ring sets. The lab created opal we are using in our lab opal rings is available in a variety of colors and rivals the fire and vibrant colors of natural opal. Laboratory grown opal has essentially the same optical, physical and chemical properties as natural opal with the exception of water content. Natural opal is composed of 5 to 15% water and man-made or synthetic opal contains no water. Instead the water is replaced with resin which increases the lab created opal’s strength and durability.
We hope that you will be as pleased with the look of this laboratory created opal as we are. We will be adding more rings with the new lab created opal color choices as soon as possible. Until then, here are a couple of examples of lab opal colors or you can visit our Flickr photo page for more photos. Keep in mind that any of our ring designs can be inlaid with the new lab created opal in the color of your choice.