From the milky rainbow of pastels in a white opal to the vibrant, scattered colors of a deep black opal, the distinctive beauty of this gem will make your custom ring truly unique.
Discuss design ideas, options, budget, with a dedicated jewelry consultant - your guide to the custom experience.
See sketches and concept art designed just for you by our jewelry design team.
Visualize your piece with high resolution 3D renderings, and we'll adjust every detail until you tell us it's perfect.
Receive your custom ring, with the assurance it's been made to wear and last a lifetime.
Our team of design consultants helps you figure out the details, explains your options, and guides you through each step of designing a custom Irish engagement ring.
Our artists and designers create sketches and detailed 3D renderings for you, so you'll see just how your ring will look when it's finished. We'll work with you on every detail until you say it looks exactly right.
Our design team, artists, and experienced jewelers will handle your project with the utmost skill, care, and knowledge.
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Is opal a good choice for an engagement ring?
Opal is quite soft, relative to other gems. In fact, it's softer than the quartz particles that are commonly found in household dust. And that means it's more likely to wear out with daily wear, picking up scratches over time and even running the risk of cracking if the ring is bumped hard enough. So, does that make it a poor choice? Not necessarily. There's really no substitute for the unique look of opal, so for those who love that look, there isn't a more durable alternative. Wich means it can be the right choice, and a very meaningful choice, for an engagement ring. But we believe it's really important to understand some of the risks when choosing opal.
The great news is that opal is relatively inexpensive. Even a really rare opal will cost far less than more traditional choices like diamond, sapphire, or ruby. If you're comfortable with the idea of replacing the center stone if it wears out or breaks over time, the maintenance costs can be very reasonable.
So, is opal a good choice for an engagement ring? For some, it absolutely is! And you can care for the ring in a way that will make it less likely to wear out. Every piece of fine jewelry requires a bit of care and maintenance. Your opal ring may just require a little more.
How should I care for my opal ring?
As with any engagement ring, we recommend a little bit of caution. Don't wear your ring while you do household chores, work in the garden, exercise, or do other activities that will subject the ring to stress. And try to avoid wearing your ring while you put on lotion, perfume, hairspray, and other cosmetics. These chemicals, as well as cigarette smoke, can be damaging to all jewelry, but are particularly problematic for opal.
Since even dust can scratch the surface, try not to wipe or brush dust off the surface of the stone. Instead, use soapy water and a very soft brush or cloth to occasionally clean the ring. Opals are temperature sentitive, so room temperature water is ideal. And when you're not wearing the ring, keep it wrapped up or separate from other jewelry, to avoid scratching.
You may hear advice about avoiding extreme temperature fluctuations (e.g. stepping from a warm house into frigid winter temperatures, getting near a hot stove with your ring on, etc). Others advise keeping the opal wrapped in soft, moist cloth to maintain the surface moisture and keep the opal from drying and cracking. This is all sound advice, but it may be impractical if you're wearing the ring every day, and it can mean you're spending more time worrying about the risk to your ring than just enjoying its beauty.
How long does it take to create a ring?
For most customers, a project takes about 4 weeks. That includes discussing your design up front, another 2-3 days to create your design, a few days for revisions (if necessary), around 10 days in production, and a few days to ship it to you.
If you need your piece completed by a certain date, let us know up front, and we can usually work to accomodate your request. For urgent requests, we offer a rush service that pushes your request to the top of our list and guarantees delivery by a specified date.
Unfortunately, if you need your piece completed in 2 weeks or less, we can't accomodate requests in that timeframe.
How much will my ring cost?
In general, our custom rings are the same price as similar rings off-the-shelf ('similar' meaning a comparable selection of metals and gemstones used, which are the biggest factors in price). Our aim is to make high-quality custom designs accessible to everyone.
Each ring we produce starts off as a brand new concept. Because of that, it’s difficult to know how much a piece is going to cost without knowing a bit more about the idea you have in mind.
The easiest way to figure out how much your ring will cost is to start a consultation with us and let our team know what you're looking for - we can provide an estimate with only a few details.
When do I get to see a design? Do I have to pay first?
After we've gathered details on what you'd like to make, we'll be ready to start designing your piece. We make every effort to make sure we have all your considerations in mind before we start designing.
Before we produce 3D previews of your piece, we require a deposit up front - the deposit goes toward the final cost of producing your piece. Should you decide not to proceed with production of your design, the deposit is partially refundable minus a small amount we retain to cover our designer’s time.
In some cases, we may produce hand-drawn sketches of your piece to help us firm up the details of the design before we proceed. There is no payment or deposit required for sketch work.