Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the allure of Opal - the birthstone for those born in the month of October. Opal, a captivating gemstone, is composed of silicone dioxide and water, and its formation is a testament to the intricate dance between the elements.
Opal's creation is a story written by the whims of weather, where alternating wet and dry spells leave their mark. As rainwater seeps into the earth, it encounters natural sandstone, from which it extracts silica. This silica-laden water then journeys further into the depths, infiltrating cracks and porous spaces below. Over time, with each cycle of evaporation, the silica accumulates, and through this gradual process, Opal is born.
On the Moh's hardness scale, Opal ranks between 5.0 and 6.5, a reminder of its delicate nature compared to the unyielding diamond that sits at the top of the scale. To keep your Opal radiant and unblemished, it's crucial to handle it with care, as it can easily crack or abrade.
While Opal possesses a mesmerizing charm, it's not a gemstone that enjoys a dip in water. Prolonged exposure to water, especially water with mineral deposits or pool chemicals, can dull its luster and potentially damage it. Quick hand washes are acceptable, but submerging Opal for extended periods is best avoided. This caution is particularly relevant for Opals that may be doublets or triplets, featuring agate backings for added strength, as moisture can cause these layers to separate.
In the annals of history, the Greeks believed Opal to be a protective talisman against diseases and a conduit to clairvoyance. It's also rumored to aid memory retention and stimulate creativity. Gifting Opal is believed to bestow good fortune upon the recipient, making it a cherished token of luck.
What sets Opal apart is its enchanting play of colors and flashes, making each gemstone utterly unique. Unlike faceted stones, Opal possesses a beauty that defies comparison, making it a wonder to behold.
We invite you to explore our exquisite selection of Opals in-store. Within their vibrant colors and ever-changing iridescence, you're sure to discover something truly special. Come and experience the magic of Opal for yourself!