Opal Jewelry - October Birthstone
Opal is a unique and gorgeous gemstone known for its radiant play-of-color. This play-of-color occurs when light reflects off of silica chips present in the stone. Versatile opal easily complements many metal colors, but it looks especially lovely set in yellow or rose gold. It also pairs well with many colored gemstones. Opal is October's birthstone, making opal jewelry such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings a memorable birthday gift. One thing is for sure - no other gemstone is quite like opal.
COLOR: Multicolored opal is typically white with colorful flecks, known as play-of-color. The base color can range widely as well. Warm base colors are rarer and more valuable than cool colors.
DURABILITY: This gemstone has fair to poor toughness. Because they have no regular crystalline structure and often contain a high percentage of water, opals should be treated with care.
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Opal Jewelry Care
Is Opal Jewelry Safe for Normal Wear?
Opal is a very popular and gorgeous gemstone known for its flecks of color and play of light. Opal jewelry does, however, require extra care due to the very poor to fair toughness of the gemstone. Opals can be very prone to breaking or scratching. Remove opal jewelry before handling household chemicals, and avoid intense light or drastic temperature changes.
How to Clean Opal Jewelry
Mild soap and warm water is the only safe way to clean opal jewelry, but avoid soaking. Natural opal jewelry often is treated in ways that are not compatible with other jewelry cleaning methods. Speak to a KAY associate if you are unsure and take advantage of KAY's free jewelry cleaning services.
How to Store Opal Jewelry
Wrap your opal jewelry in a soft cloth and keep away from jewelry with harder gemstones, like sapphires and diamonds, to avoid scratches.
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