Surely, there’s no beating the real thing when it comes to Opal, however, those with expensive tastes, but don’t have the budgets to match, should seriously consider the alternatives – triplets and DOUBLETS.
I choose Doublets out of the two laminates, purely because 1. you get a thicker slice of opal, and 2. it looks more natural than its triplet cousins, and even we here sometimes have to have a good look at some doublets to make sure they are just that.
Lately, they’ve proven to be very popular in store, not just because of their cost (a fraction that of Black or Boulder Opal), but also because of the types of settings that have been used. More and more freeform style Doublet Opal jewellery has been selling.
We’ve been getting in some Doublet Opals that are so rich and intense in colour, they’ve even swayed the purists.
Sure, the slice of opal used is only 1 to 1.5mm thick, but they are normally set into a protective bezel setting. Just don’t wear them in the water all the time (so no showering with them on, as the water will eventually effect the glue that’s holding the Doublet Layers together).
So, if you’re working to a budget, but want bright, vibrant colour, give Doublet Opals a try (though not AS recommended for rings).