Have you heard the buzz on opal recently? Once thought of as a gem traditionally reserved for older individuals and a specific look, recent years have seen these breathtaking stones come back into the spotlight and be embraced by those enamoured by the natural whimsy and almost fairytale-like beauty embodied by opals. Perfect for romantics, those who love a little bit of fantasy, and anyone wanting to embrace the cottage core aesthetic, opals are truly a unique gem that have so much to offer. Below we’ll explore 4 fun facts about opals, as well as a few tips to keep in mind when wearing them. Read on to learn more!
A Stone By Any Other Name…
While there’s still some debate where the origin of the name “opal” came from, it is thought that it derives from the Latin term “Opalus”, which means “precious stone”. Opal is indeed considered to be a highly precious stone, thanks to its eye-catching shimmer that casts a kaleidoscope of colour. Opal is also a more delicate gemstone (more on that below) and is made of hydrated silica which can dry out if left in a warm environment for too long.
A Gift from Down Under
The world’s leading source for opals is Australia, which provides roughly 95-97% of all gems from mines in New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. Opals are also sourced from Brazil, Mexico, the US, parts of Central America.
Opals are the birthstone for those born in October and are said to represent innocence, hopefulness, and beauty. For those looking for the perfect birth month piece, opal earrings, necklaces, and rings make a perfect gift that allows the receiver to carry a beautiful piece of symbolism with them.
One of the most appealing aspects of opal jewellery is that it comes in many colours. These shimmering beauties can be found in almost every colour of the rainbow and range from white, to red, blue, brown, and even black! If you’re looking for something truly unique, opals are sure to wow and delight!
What to Know About Wearing Opals
While opals are generally durable stones, they do require some basic care factors to ensure they stay looking their best. Be careful to avoid harsh cleaners for your gem and clean using a soft cloth and mild detergents, and avoid immersing it for long periods of time. As we’ve mentioned above, opals also run the risk of drying out and potentially even cracking if left out in the heat, so keep away from hot lights as well as other intense heat sources while wearing. Finally, wearing your opal jewellery should be reserved for occasions that do not involve heavy-duty activities that could cause scratching to vulnerable gems.
Opals and More at Paris Jewellers
At Paris Jewellers, we believe that finding the perfect fit for life’s special moments should be simple. Each of our 24 stores across Canada features a wide inventory full of fine jewellery for every occasion. With a 30-day money-back guarantee, Canada-wide and US shipping, comprehensive care plans and more, there’s never been a better time to celebrate life with Paris Jewellers! Learn more about our extensive range of products, including our many collections here, or by contacting our team today!