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More About Opals - Dazzling Displays of Colors - Nature's Most Enthralling Gems


Opals are unique among gemstones due to their dazzling displays of colors and their ever-changing play of light. With their ethereal play of colors, opals have captivated humans for centuries. Known as the "Queen of Gemstones," opals possess an otherworldly beauty that is both mysterious and enchanting. These gemstones are not only renowned for their beauty but also for their intriguing formation process. We are about to delve into the fascinating world of opals, exploring their origin, and types.

Custom-Made Opal Pendant with Amethyst and Diamond Accents

Opals are formed deep within the Earth's crust, from a combination of silica and water, typically in the crevices and cavities of sedimentary rocks. The silica-rich water seeps empty spaces and deposits tiny spheres of silica, which gradually solidify over millions of years. This unique process results in the mesmerizing play-of-color effect that opals are renowned for. The dazzling displays of colors in opals, often referred to as "fire," results from the diffraction of light by the silica spheres. Australia is the primary source of opals, producing 95% of the world's supply, while other deposits can be found in Mexico, Brazil, and Ethiopia. Precious Opals are the opals that exhibit the captivating play of colors, ranging from vibrant reds and blues to subtle greens and yellows. They are prized for their iridescence and are often used in high-quality jewelry. Common Opals, unlike precious opals, do not display the play of colors. They come in a wide range of solid colors, including white, pink, blue, and green. Although less valuable, they are still cherished for their unique hues. Fire opals, as the name suggests, are known for their fiery orange, red, and yellow hues. These opals are particularly prized for their intense color. Opals have a rich historical significance and have been revered in various cultures. The Romans believed opals to be the most powerful of all gemstones, embodying the virtues of all other gems. In ancient Greece, opals were associated with foresight and prophecy.

Opal Jewelry should be cared for carefully to ensure your it remains as vibrant as the day you bought it. Here are some care tips:

  • Avoid exposing opals to harsh chemicals or extreme temperature changes.

  • Store opal jewelry away from direct sunlight, as prolonged exposure can cause the gem to lose its color.

  • Clean opal jewelry with a soft, damp cloth to maintain its luster

Now, if you're ready to embark on a journey into these dazzling displays of colors come and explore the opals at Canton Road Jewelry and discover the magic for yourself. Your jewelry box will thank you!

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