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Author Topic: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?  (Read 610 times)

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John Robinson

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How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« on: September 09, 2017, 10:11:02 AM »

I have two small opals, one clear crystal and the other a clear Mexican fire opal, they are beautiful, yet tiny at two and one and a half  Cts. I figured I would have to surround them with other stones, but I can not visualize how that could work well ...
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Re: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2017, 10:46:21 AM »

I personally think that a simple setting (that doesn't distract from the stone itself) would be best. You start adding side stones or ornate metal design and the eye starts wandering. Just my preference.
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Re: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2017, 11:22:11 AM »

I think that use of contrast and color also work well to make one stone stand out.  You could see a precious opal having a black Onyx or black Jade accent stone on either side would actually push the focus onto the center stone.
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Re: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2017, 12:27:01 PM »

   Consider setting the opal into another stone. You can set a small opal into a black basanite or onyx which would really make the opal jump out..  neal
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Re: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2017, 11:05:26 AM »

I agree 55Fossil. Michael Boyd does beautiful, more complex work setting stones on top of or inside other stones. I think setting on top of or next to black jade or something like that could be stunning.
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Re: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 04:50:37 PM »

Thanks! I have used abalone shell a couple of times with good effects, but it is weird - it seems to work for some stones but detracts from others(?)
I guess that is why they call it art...
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Re: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2017, 10:19:43 AM »

The problem with an abalone or mother of pearl would be introducing other colors and patterns and it competes with your opal.  You want something that doesn't compete but instead makes the other stone (in this case Opal) stand out.  That is the reason to go with a dark and consistent color as an accent to make the Opal the focus of your eye.
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Re: How big does an opal need to be, to be a solitaire?
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2017, 12:34:33 PM »

Yes and abalone is difficult to use when facing some stones for maximum play of color.
Does opal in agate work? I sure hope so - I have some beauful agates that need homes, as well as the tiny opals that need homes.
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