After a few years of travelling to Tucson every January to be part of the gemstone world's annual buying expedition, I have found a rough Opal supplier that I absolutely love. They are a family of miners in Australia and sell around the United States during the early part of the year while it is Summer Down Under. They understand that I don't want super "pretty" Opals. I want Opals that I can discover and you know what- they look really rough when I get them.
So why does all that matter?
When you ask to choose your own stone 9 times out of 10 they look nothing like the finished ring photo's I post on my website, but that's because they're only half finished at that point. You need to be able to see the beauty beyond the flaws - the true potential of the stone and not just exactly what's in front of your eyes.
That's the exact reason I encourage most people just to give me a color or shape rather than picking the exact stone. I see the stones- I see their potential and their depth better than any video or photo can. Trust me as your artist to create the ring you didn't even know you wanted because that's what I do best! If you're not going to trust me, even a little (and remember I'm the one actually holding the stones) then please- find another artist for your ring.
Not everyone can or wants to work with Opals but they are my passion. They inspire me in a way that's hard to express accurately. I have dozens of Opals sitting on my desk right now just waiting for homes. If you're considering buying an Opal ring from me, I'd encourage you to simply give me a direction then let me work my magic.