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In the Loupe

Welcome to “In the Loupe!” After last week’s article, we received many inquiries about all things opal. We had so much response we decided to continue on the subject!

The majority of the questions received were about how to care for opals. My first piece of advice is to buy them from a trusted source. Reputable jewelers, like Plumb Gold, will be able to offer you the proper care instructions tailored to each piece of opal jewelry you purchase. Typically, you will see opals set in earrings or pendants. This is because they are more delicate than other gemstones. Opal rings should certainly be worn with caution, as rings often take the most abuse. Opals should never be soaked in chemical jewelry cleaner. Instead, simply wipe them with a soft, non-abrasive cloth. Finally, we had many people ask about soaking opals in oil or water.

Doing so will not affect the life of your opal because they are non-porous and do not retain liquids.

I find opals interesting for their color and beauty but also because no other stone has as rich and varied history. There are many myths and mysteries surrounding them. I have often heard that opals are “bad luck”. This is an old wive’s tale and is certainly not true!

I think the primary reason people feel opals are bad luck is that those who are unaware of how to care for them may experience breakage or damage. I am here to assure you that despite the stories and their brittle nature, opals bring happiness and positive energy to all who wear them. I consider it bad luck NOT to own one!

Plumb Gold Ltd.

Rebecca Thompson
Goldsmith
Graduate Gemologist- GIA
becky@plumbgoldltd.com

Rebecca Thompson