First of all, Congratulations! Though you may be eager to get down on one knee and propose straight away, it’s important to remember that she will be wearing this ring every day for the rest of her life, and you should take the time to find one that she will love (almost) as much as she loves you. If you’re looking for a unique piece, consider a stunning and ever-changing opal. As it grows in popularity over recent years, an Australian opal engagement ring makes an excellent choice for someone who’s looking for something a bit different. We’ve prepared this guide filled with everything you need to know to help you choose the perfect ring.
Research is key
Whilst you may fall in love with the first stone you see, spending the time looking for a reputable jeweller will ensure the engagement ring you choose doesn’t only look the part, but stands the test of time too. Take the time to learn more about opals so you know what questions to ask and look for a business that offers both skill and experience.
Understand the stone
Unless you’ve recently bought an opal, you may be surprised to learn it is unlike any other gem on the market. The first thing you need to be aware of is that opals are available in a wide range of colours; with blue being the most common, followed by green, yellow, orange and red. Brilliance and brightness refers to the amount of light and hue that is reflected in the stone, whilst body tone describes the lightness or darkness of the piece. Much like a prism, opals refract wavelengths of light to create a stunning rainbow shining from your fiancé’s fingers.
Consider her style
Now that you know more about Australian opals, it is time to consider your bride-to-be. Think about the type of jewellery she wears on a day-to-day basis, and choose a piece that complements her style. Does she prefer pieces with a vintage twist, or does she wear modern styles only. Does she often wear big and bold jewellery, or does she prefer clean, minimalist pieces?
Decide on a metal
Thankfully, most women wear either gold or silver jewellery, and it will quickly become apparent which one she prefers. We recommend choosing a gold band, as they offer both strength and durability – but fear not, if she strictly wears silver jewellery, choose a white gold for the same effect.
Only purchase natural opals
As opals rise in popularity, fake opal jewellery has also flooded the market. While they can still make attractive pieces, they don’t compare to the genuine opal stone. In fact, these man-made fakes are crippling the Australian opal industry!
We know your bride-to-be will be honoured to wear any ring that you choose, but with thought and research, you’ll find an Australian opal engagement ring that reflects her personal taste and style as well as your love for each other. Work with a professional jeweller to decide to help you decide which ring is right for your future fiancé, or custom design a stunning piece that will be completely one-of-a-kind!