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How To Care For Opals

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How To Care For Opals


 

Opals are Australia's National Gemstone, the "Lucky Gem from the Lucky Country" and, as precious gemstones are worth taking care of!Here are a few tips about taking care of opals:

  • Just like any other gemstone, opal should be stored separately to your other gems and should not be worn when gardening, washing up etc. to avoid minor scratches.
  • They can be polished with a soft toothbrush or cleaned with a cloth to maintain their finish and even a little toothpaste with water however a professional "final polish" will restore even an old, scratched opal to its original brilliance.
  • Australian Opal Cutters doublets and triplets have a lifetime guarantee against de-laminating. you can wear them swimming, bathing showering they are fit for ANY water adventures!
  • Opals LOVE to be worn. Ambient atmospheric moisture in a natural environment are the preferred "home" for Opals.  Solid opals contain 6 – 10 % water so if your Opal has been left in a dry safe for months or left in a hot jewellery display case, placing your opal in a glass of luke-warm water for 15 minutes will help prevent it from drying out and re-hydrate it if the opal has been exposed to very dry conditions.
Australian Opal Cutters
Park House, 3rd Floor, 295 - 301 Pitt Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: 02 9021 8000 Fax: 02 9264 6263

 



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Black Opals

"Black opal" is a term used for opal that has a dark body color, often black or dark gray. The term is also used for opal that has a dark blue or dark green body color. The dark body color often makes the fire of black opal more obvious. ... It was mined at Lightning Ridge, Australia, the "Black Opal Capital of the World".

Boulder Opals

Boulder Opal is a unique and beautiful opal found in Queensland, Australia. It is easily identifiable because it is a mixture of ironstone and opal either in a matrix or layered. Every stone is unique and they are arguably the most affordable opal available.

White Opals

"Light opal" and "white opal" are terms used for opal material that has a white, yellow or cream body color. This is the most common body color for precious opal. These stones were cut from material mined at Coober Pedy, South Australia. They are calibrated 8 x 6 millimeter cabochons.