Australian Opal Jewellery
What You Should Know About Australian Opal Jewellery
Australian opal jewellery has become widely popular in the modern-day for its simplistic beauty and elegance. The opal is a natural gemstone formed from silica minerals, making it a non-crystalline gemstone-like its counterparts quartz and topaz. The plethora of colours displayed through an opal comes from the silica inside the stone, which hits the light in a certain way and then reflects a rainbow-like dance. Modern opal jewellery may enhance confidence and self-esteem in its wearer along with spontaneity and lightness.
Little Known Facts About Contemporary Opal Jewellery
Considered as one of the most precious gemstones, the opal name comes from the Latin term “opalus”, which translates to “precious stone”. Our Australian opal necklace brings out the precious beauty described in the name.
- More than 50% of the worlds opals comes from the three main regions of Australia, namely: New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia.
- The opal is the birthstone of October and signifies hope, confidence, innocence, and purity.
- Opals come in various colours, including white, yellow, orange, blue, red, green, grey, purple, brown, and black.
Tips Regarding Opal Gemstones
Cleaning jewellery is tip number one. Whether it be opals, diamonds, and other gemstones, when you don’t clean your jewellery, the residue of skin cells and germs that accumulate on the jewellery can lead to the decay of the piece or even infection (mainly in earrings).
- Using lukewarm water and a mild soap, you can effectively clean opal jewellery to ensure all germs and residue come off.
- Opals contain a certain amount of water in their compound, which makes them relatively water-resistant. However, just use a splash or damp cloth when cleaning. Submerging any jewellery into water is never a good idea in the long run as it can cause the glue to soften or metals to rust.
- Since opals contain some water, it’s ideal to keep them out of the heat and direct sunlight. Sunlight can cause the opal to dry out, which will result in cracks and breaks. Along with the light, opal might be an exceptionally durable gemstone, but it’s best to avoid banging it against hard surfaces.
With any of your jewellery, it’s advisable to avoid harsh chemicals such as bleach, and it’s ideal to remove your jewellery before entering pools and spas. These chemicals can cause the metals from your jewellery to rust your gemstones to dry out and get damaged.
Since 2012, Oli&J has designed and created two signature collections to showcase our love of jewellery, history, and architecture. We bring the local Australian beauty into our collections through local gemstones and manufacturing. We create every piece by hand to ensure the process runs smoothly to bring you a work of art.
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