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Queen of Gems

Opals are such an exciting stone made even more beautiful when the design seeks to enhance and celebrate their essence. It brings me joy to create jewels where the opal is the hero. — Ruth Benjamin-Thomas A beautiful opal deserves to be seen and to shine. Protected by a fine band of gold, the Stephanie elevates even the most dainty of opals and allow it to sing the story of its colors. — Ruth Benjamin-Thomas Tatiana — inspired by an Australian native seedpod, the sculptured curves and soft edging of the band elevates the centre piece of Opal. Wear as a minimal statement piece or stack it to create your…

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Finding the perfect ring sized opal

Whether it’s for you or a gift for someone special, choosing the right opal can be challenging. One consideration is always the size of the opal. Is it going to be the right size for the design I want? This video is for anyone who has no idea how to translate millimetres into actual visuals. All opals featured are for sale (as at blog publication date). So how big should an opal be for a ring? This is like asking – how long is a piece of string?! It depends on the type of ring and also the size of the fingers it is going on. In this video I use my hands…

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Hand polishing opal does it again

Hand polished opal

Give hand polishing a go. Ever since Florian Steiner showed us the hand polishing technique we have had many people showing us what they have created. A stand out was this opal ring a customer Cathy Salerno had almost thrown out, thinking it was beyond repair. When she saw the video of hand polishing opal she decided that maybe her opal ring was salvageable. Cathy gave it a go and here are the results. You can see in the first pic that the opal had lost its shine. Yes the photo was not the greatest but this is the only one we could show before it was transformed. Our friend Cathy had…

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