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« on: August 26, 2009, 08:17:31 am »
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Close as I can get in dating this ring is the mid 1800, is there any place in the internet or in books that has a good history of make and model things like that.  I have several rings that I have found over the years at the same place.  Frog rings, big and small all sorts of this like this.  So any help would be greatfuly Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2009, 05:22:19 pm »
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Nice ring.

I would suggest an established jeweler.

The ones who have been around for a

while can usually judge to some degree.

An antique dealer may be able to help,

but harder to get them to help you.

Maybe someone else will have some

better info.

Good luck with the ID,

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Opal as a gemstone has shown itself to be a big disappointment because it decomposes in the air. Not always right away but opals need to be stored in water. I found an opal ring which was dated to around 1900 by a jeweler and within two days of digging it, the opal crumbled to bits of shiny stuff. Any reputable dealer will tell you that about opal.

There are a few varieties of opal that don't do that and they're quite valuable. So, if your ring really does date that far back and that is an opal, you have a terrific find there!

Congratulations either way! Well done.

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Thanks for the information, be looking into it will let all know what i came up with.

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2009, 08:46:13 pm »
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I think your guess is pretty good. From what I know this ring should likely be around 1850. If you show us your other ings we will be happy to help to our best.

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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2009, 03:33:03 pm »
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Opal info:
When cleaning opals, avoid harsh chemicals - Avoid all ultrasonic cleaners and steamers, bleach, chemicals and other jewellery cleaners. You can safely wash solid opal in plain warm water or soapy water - unless your opal is a doublet or triple. The glue that holds the layers together reacts to exposure to water, causing the layers to separate.
Store each piece of opal jewellery in its own padded cloth bag. Opals should not be exposed to high heat, direct sun, bright or hot lights, low humidity vaults and other similar temperature extremes.
Avoid storing in oil or water! - It is a myth that storing an opal in water or oiling it will heal existing cracks. Oil will actually discolour your opal. Opals are porous and absorb liquids so avoid immersion into water or detergents.

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