First, simplicity. I would be perfectly fine with a simple opal band like this:
I'd want a different color, but the basic design with opal holds a lot more interest for me than any other simple band I've seen.
Of course, we could make things a little more interesting with one of these:
(imagine it with opal instead of turquoise)
The last two are ones we're really considering. The latter is FOR SURE my favorite of these, but as a member of the male species, Daniel doesn't want diamonds in his ring. Thus, we would either both wear a design more like the middle option, or just he would do that while I wore something more like the last option. Either way, I would want silver or white gold to better compliment my engagement ring (which I will someday get around to posting pictures of).
However, I think we would be most likely to actually purchase one of these options:
We both really like this design but do not care for these stones. If we were to do something like this, we would probably use three shades of opal or maybe opal for the (currently) purple parts and use stones of complimentary colors for the swirly bits. We have a few ideas, but the important thing is we both love the design.
Nonetheless, this is the design we both like best at the moment. Imagine the waves inlaid with opal. I love this design because it could satisfy my desire for opals and for an ocean-lover's ring at the same time. Plus, the design was my idea to a large extent, and that makes me feel good too.
The more I think about it, the more I think I love the Etsy ring (the one with slanted diamond-inlaid lines separating the opal pieces) because of the color instead of the design. That's pretty much the opal color I'm looking for, and with that kind of stone inlaid in the waves of the above ring, I think our rings would be perfect! And what really surprised me is that's Daniel's favorite idea too. I sense a decision coming on... :).
Which ring do you like best? Of course, if you have any pictures or ideas similar to these or just that you think I might like, I would love to become acquainted with them.
Also, stay tuned for rings I love that Daniel wouldn't be caught dead wearing ;). Hint: there will be Mickey Mouse heads.