The Basic Rules of Opal Jewelry Care
Opal Care Tips
Opal gems are very rare and extremely beautiful! If you had an opal
jewelry once, you probably have more by now, because we just can’t stand to
collect them. They are really special, you can’t mix them up with any other
gems, thanks to their unique outlook, colors and shine. Either if you
possess some opal pendants, necklaces, bracelets or earrings, or you plan to
buy one, it’s really important that you’re well informed about these gems’
special and right care.
Before I share you my suggestions as a jewelry maker and designer at SezanJewellery, http://www.etsy.com/people/SezanJewellery, how to take care of your opal jewelry, let me tell you the reason why we should give more attention to these gemstones, than to the other ones.
The opal gem is a barnch of the quartz group and gets its marvelous shine and sparkle from its high water content. An opal contains as much as 5-10% water! That’s why you see and feel these gems as they were moisty and living for the first sight. That’s how they look like in their original, ’healthy’ form.
What this high water content means? That the gem can also loose this moist, which causes its dehydration. Yes, this gemstone can lose its perfect shine and sparkle, and may become mat. It can also loose its colors, which gives the essence of these beautiful quartz stones. It means that we really have to pay close attention to the right care of them. I let you know how, in 4 main points.
1st care tip
Opals and darkness
Opals come from the moisty, dark areas of our wonderful Earth. They’re bounded to their origins, so they like to be kept in the dark, in their future life, as jewelry too. Our first step in order to keep our opal’s shine and vividness, is to keep it in a dark place, when we don’t wear it. Keep your opal jewelry in a jewelry box, to maintain its sparkle. The more humid the opal’s place is, the better it will feel itself. Don’t forget, that these gemstones are really alive, that’s why they can effect our health and mental state in a positive way.
2nd care tip
Opals and direct sunlight
If you are wearing your opal jewelry frequently, and you have paid attention to the changes of it, you’ve probably noticed, that it has lost some shine over time. It happens, because opals are very sensitive to the direct sunlight. We can understand why, if we have read the 1st tip already. In direct sunlight, the stone starts to loose its water content, and dries out! Taking into consideration this fact, avoid wearing your opal jewelry if you stay long and often in the sun. Don’t wear it when you go to a bath or aqua-park, because not only the sunlight, but the chemicals in the water can cause the matting effect too. It is also a really good advice for you if you wear opals, and for us, who sells them, not to keep these jewelries in a shop window, or in an area where it always gets direct sunlight.
3rd care tip
Opals and soap
In order to keep your opal gemstone healthy, avoid chemicals to touch it. It means that if you wear an opal ring, take it off every time, when you do dishwashing or cleaning. They are very sensitive to soap and other cleaning chemicals, which can make them to become mat in a minute. These chemicals are really harmful and can damage your opal forever. You can’t help your jewelry any more. This effect occurs, because the soap is alkalescent, and reacts to the water content of the stone. So please take your opal jewelries off, even when you go to take a shower, or bath, because your shower and bath gels also contain some soap.
4th care tip
What to do if the damage has already occurred?
If you have noticed that your opal gemstone in your jewelry looses water, gets mat and doesn’t shine as beautiful as it did before, than you still can make some effort to help it! We know now, that when the damage occurs, our stone loses some water. If we realized it in time, we can change the process with a really simple method. Simply put your opal in a glass of water, or milk for a night, in order to let it get back its water content! Yes! It can get back its shine, and live again, if we hydrate it. Like we can hydrate our skin, we can hydrate our opal too. The opal absorbs the liquid and gets healthy again, for our happiness!
You can hydrate your opal time after time, in order to prevent damages too. If you follow these 4 simple care tips, you will see how your opal jewelry will thank you for your care. It will shine on you vividly, enhancing your true beauty and kindness!
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