opal birthstone

  • Opal ~ October's Birthstone

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Blue Opal Earrings
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    October is a wonderful month. The weather turns cooler, the leaves change to radiant colors and softly fall to the ground, and the sights and smells of autumn are in full force. For the lucky Octoberites born in this exciting month there are two gorgeous birthstone options available; pink tourmaline and opal. Today, we are going to talk about the stunning and multicolored opal.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Opal Cross Earrings
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    Opals are all different unique and beautiful. One thing that lovers of opal need to be aware of is, that it is an exceptionally fragile stone. They should be worn with great care and kept in a safe place to ensure they will last a lifetime. Opal is a sedimentary stone created as water percolates through the earth, becoming rich in dissolved silicates. When it enters a cavity, the silicates are deposited as tiny spheres. If they are similar in size and shape, they will diffract light. However, if they are random in shape and arrangement they create an opal. The tiny spheres that make up the opal are what give it is fire and the changes in color. Volcanic ash does give the black opal its color.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Opal Cross Necklace
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    Some opals are enhanced in different ways to bring out the the radiance and color. Some enhancement treatments include: Another enhancement method is called and opal doublet. This is when an opal is fixed to other stone (sometime onyx) to strengthen or enhance the color of the stone.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Sterling Silver Blue Opal and CZ Ring
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    As we mentioned earlier. Opal is not a good "everyday" stone to wear. It's very delicate and part of that is related to it's moisture content. If you live in a dry climate it is important to store your opals with moisture. A great way to do this is to put it in a ziplock bag with a damp cotton ball. You may have heard the storing your opal in olive oil (or any oil) is recommended, however this is not a good idea. It probably wouldn't damage the opal but requires a great deal of cleaning. Drastic temperature changes or exposure to extreme temperatures can cause the opal to crack.

     

    Opal is best suited to earrings and pendants. It is also recommended that if you do where an opal in a ring, you choose a protective setting like the one pictured above.

     

     

     

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