2.0 ct Ethiopian Opal Stud Earrings in 18k Gold
Main Stone: Precious Opal
Category: Hydrated Silica
Color: White with Rainbow Play of Color
Weight: 2.0 ct
Origins: Ethiopia, East Africa
Metal Type: 18k White/Yellow Gold
Metal Weight: 2.40 grams
Setting Type: Prong
Backing: Screw back post
Metal Finish: Bright Polished
Make: Handcrafted in Tanzania
Care for Opal Jewelry
Opal is a precious gemstone that when cared for correctly will last a lifetime and can be handed down throughout generations. Opals are more delicate than other gemstones, but they can still be worn daily as long as some simple rules are followed. Remove your opal jewelry before playing sports, gardening, household cleaning and bathing. Avoid knocking or scraping the stone; protect it from scratches and blows. Remember, exposed corners can chip. Opals should never be subjected to harsh cleansers or an ultrasonic cleaning. They should also not be exposed to abrasive chemicals, acids or oils. Instead, softly rub with facial tissue or a piece of silk. Clean gently with mild detergent in room-temperature water and a soft toothbrush or cloth, and rinse to remove any residue. Opals are very porous; do not soak them, and never immerse a doublet or triplet. Even though opals contain water (up to 20%), they may become brittle. It’s imperative that they aren’t stored too dry or exposed to heat over a long period of time, causing them to crack and craze. With this in mind, store your opal jewelry in a padded cloth bag. For long-term storage, place the opal in cotton wool with a few drops of water and seal in a plastic bag. Keep in a dark place.
Opal Mineral Info
In ancient times, the opal was one of the most highly prized gemstones of all. Its ability to reveal all the colors of the rainbow and be diverse in appearance made it all the more valuable and luxurious. They can take on all kinds of colors, patterns, and levels of opacity. The two main varieties of opal stones are “precious opal” and “common opal.”
Precious opals show what’s known as a “play of color.” The most valuable opals have the most visible, intense, and consistent color—a factor determined by how densely the stone’s silica spheres are packed and how consistent they are when it comes to shape and size. Beautiful varieties of precious opal are the black opal and the Australian boulder opal, Ethiopian opal, white opal, and fire opal. Common opals do not feature a play of color. Instead, they’re translucent or opaque, without those mesmerizing rainbow flecks. However, common opals come in many beautiful color varieties. Pink opal, blue opal, and green opal are all examples of natural opal stones classified in the “common opal” category.
Opal Spiritual Meaning
Opal has always been associated with love and passion. It is a seductive stone that intensifies emotional states and releases inhibitions. It can also act as an emotional stabilizer. Wearing an opal is said to bring about loyalty and faithfulness. It is also considered to enhance the creativity and artistic abilities of a person. Opal is believed to bring good fortune, peace, joy, and wealth to the wearer. Opal helps the wearer to have a pleasing personality. It assists in gaining self-confidence and utilize one's potential to fullest.