Customized Lab Opal Engagement Ring

Building a Custom Lab Opal Ring

Lab opal engagement ring with Alexandrite in sterling silver.

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!

Contact us to get started on your perfect ring idea!

John Hileman

(623) 518-6588

 

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New Man’s Black Onyx and Lab Opal Ring Added to Our Men’s Ring Line

Bold black onyx and lab opal ring in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

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.

Thank you!

John Hileman

Hileman Silver Jewelry

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New Turquoise Wedding Ring Set Options

Turquoise and moissanite wedding and engagement ring set.

Turquoise and moissanite engagement ring and wedding ring set.

We have recently added several new choices for turquoise wedding ring sets.  The first wedding ring set is a matching engagement and wedding ring set inlaid with blue turquoise with a moissanite center stone.  The channel set round moissanite is .68 carats and is a bright white color with fire that rivals that of a diamond at a much more affordable price.  This turquoise ring set is inlaid in sterling silver but can also be made in 14k white or yellow gold.  A new sterling silver alloy (Continuum) is also available for a small upgrade charge.  We highly recommend upgrading to Continuum sterling silver for the added durability and tarnish resistance over standard sterling silver.  We have several men’s rings that can be inlaid in turquoise to make a matching his and hers wedding ring set .  Check out this new turquoise wedding and engagement ring set at HilemanSilverJewelry.com or on our Etsy shop!

 

 

Turquoise wedding ring set with white sapphires by Hileman.

Matching turquoise wedding ring set with white sapphire accents set in sterling silver by Hileman Silver Jewelry.

The second turquoise wedding ring set features plain blue turquoise accented by white sapphires.  The turquoise is the perfect turquoise blue inlaid on each side of the triangle shaped inset in the center.  Inside the inset are 3 pave` set white sapphires totaling .09 carats in her ring and .12 carats in his wedding band.  The white sapphires add just the right amount of bling to the ring and set below the level of the inlay giving the ring a low profile that makes it ideal for everyday wear.  For a little more sparkle in your wedding ring, the white sapphires can be upgraded to moissanite for a small additional charge.  Moissanite is a lab created gemstone that has more scintillation than a diamond at a much more affordable price.  This turquoise wedding ring set also looks great in 14 karat white gold.  Contact us with your ring sizes for a quote in the upgraded metal.  This great new turquoise ring set is available in our Etsy shop.  Stop by and check it out!

 

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New Lab Created Opal Wedding Ring Set

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.

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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.

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His and hers lab created opal wedding ring set.

This set is available for purchase in our Hileman Etsy shop or our new Lab Opal Jewelry website.  Please allow us 4 to 6 weeks to make your rings in your exact sizes.  See more lab opal colors on our Hileman Flickr page or on our lab opal Pinterest board.  If you are interested in natural Australian opal take a look at our Australian opal jewelry website featuring only the finest Australian opal inlaid in our bold 14 karat gold designs.

New Lab Created Opal Ring with Purple Amethyst

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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.

Thanks for reading!

John Hileman

HilemanSilverJewelry.com

New Chrysoprase Wedding Ring Set!

Chrysoprase wedding ring set with pave` set white sapphire in sterling silver.

Chrysoprase wedding ring set with pave` set white sapphire in sterling silver.

We recently completed this stunning new chrysoprase wedding ring set.  This unique chrysoprase wedding set is inlaid with three pieces of chrysoprase on each side of three sparkling white sapphires.  The white sapphires are pave` set in a triangle cluster and at first glance appear to be one bigger trillion cut stone.  The total weight of the white sapphires in his ring is .12 carats and her ring is .09 carats.  This set is shown in sterling silver but the set is also available in 14 karat gold or platinum for an additional charge.

For those not familiar with chrysoprase, it is a rare form of chalcedony or quartz. Chrysoprase ranges from light to dark green but is most sought after in its striking apple green color. Chrysoprase is rare due to the fact that it is cryptocrystalline. This means that instead of being formed by large six sided crystals, the size of the crystals are extremely small and cannot be seen as distinct particles under normal magnification. Chrysoprase has a hardness of 6.5 to 7 on the Moh’s scale and is in the same stone family as agate, carnelian, and onyx. Because chrysoprase is so hard, it is highly suitable for inlay and will stand up to daily wear and tear in a wedding ring.  The best known sources of chrysoprase are Queensland Australia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Arizona, California, and Brazil.  The chrysoprase in this wedding ring set is from Australia.

This his and hers matching ring set will be made to order in your ring sizes in 4 to 6 weeks.  All of our jewelry is handmade by the Hileman family in our Arizona studio.  This set may also be customized by changing the inlay from chrysoprase to dinosaur bone, turquoise, opal or any of the other stones you see on our website.  Black diamonds, blue sapphires, moissanite or diamonds could be substituted for the white sapphires as well.  Some modifications will be upgrades and additional costs will apply.  This style wedding set is also available in his and his or hers and hers ring set combinations.  Check out the listing for this beautiful ring set on Etsy or browse our wedding ring sets on HilemanSilverJewelry.com.

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Cobalt Chrome Wedding Rings

Cobalt chrome is one of  newest alternative metals to hit the jewelry market.  Cobalt chrome is the perfect combination of color, strength and weight for a wedding ring.  It’s color is very white and is  comparable to that of platinum at a much more affordable price.  Cobalt chrome is very strong but at the same time malleable enough to be practical for most jewelry styles.  It won’t shatter or crack like some of the other alternative metal choices.  Cobalt chrome is 4 times harder than platinum, 5 times harder than gold and 7 times harder than silver.   It has a nice weight, similar to that of white gold.  Cobalt chrome rings are not featherweight like titanium and not super heavy like tungsten rings.  The other advantages of cobalt chrome rings over titanium and tungsten rings are its pleasing white color and the ability to size the ring slightly if needed.

We are excited to offer cobalt chrome as an upgraded metal choice for our wedding rings.  It’s durability makes it a great choice for our wedding rings and sets.  Because of the extreme hardness of this new metal, we will have to charge more for cobalt chrome rings than our sterling silver rings  to cover the additional metal working time and extra wear and tear on our tools and equipment.

Tan dinosaur bone ring in cobalt chrome.

Tan dinosaur bone ring in cobalt chrome.

Here is one of our first rings made in cobalt chrome.  The ring is inlaid with tan dinosaur bone with no dividers between the sections of dinosaur bone, giving it the appearance of one continuous piece of dinosaur bone across the top of the ring.  As you can see, the cobalt chrome has a nice bright white color similar to platinum or rhodium plated white gold.  To see more photos of this dinosaur bone ring in cobalt chrome visit our Etsy shop at Etsy.com/shop/thehilemancollection.  Most of our ring designs will be available in this great new metal choice.  Please contact us for details or questions.

 

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