We are often asked by our customers what they need to consider when wearing, caring for and storing their opal jewellery. This question is justified, because the opal is a subtle gemstone. Nevertheless, the care of an opal is not very complex and not a science. In general, you only have to pay attention to a few small things and you will have a lot of fun with your piece of jewelry.
Therefore, in this post, we will focus on the care and proper handling of opal jewelry.
Arguably the most important aspect is that an opal wants to be worn. Because opals are hydrous gemstones. Due to their rather porous nature, they can both release and absorb water. If an opal dries out, it becomes slightly brownish, dull and loses its shine. Of course, this should be avoided.
By constantly wearing it close to the skin, it can absorb moisture again and again. Oils, creams and fats applied to the skin do not harm the opal at all. It only reacts sensitively to chemicals such as solvents. Therefore, your opal jewelry should be removed before using hairspray.
Of course you should remove the opal before physical activity such as working in the garden or sporting activities. You should also avoid particularly high temperature fluctuations. After a winter walk in temperatures below 0 degrees, you should better take off your opal ring before washing your hands with hot water. Otherwise you risk the stone cracking.
That being said, contact with water is safe for most types of opals. We even recommend that you regularly clean your jewelry under lukewarm water with a little mild detergent after wearing it. Then let it air dry and your opal will appear in new splendor.
Attention , this does not apply to opal doublets and triplets. Here the opal crystal was usually attached to the iron stone with a little glue. Under certain circumstances, this can come loose when it comes into contact with water and the opal doublet or triplet would be gone.
If you do not want to wear your opal jewelry, we recommend that you do not use a box or box that is lined with fabric or even cotton. These permanently remove moisture from the opal and allow it to dry out quickly. The best environment for an opal is in a room with normal humidity and room temperature. Proximity to heating and direct sunlight should be avoided.
However, if your opal has turned brown and dull, do not worry as the stone may return to its original appearance over time.
There are several methods you can try to help your opal regain its luster.
Place your opal in a clean, ideally distilled, water bath overnight. Dirt in the water must be avoided at all costs, as the opal can absorb it and not release it again later.
After a few hours the opal will be soaked with water and will have taken on a more translucent appearance. Now you can let it air dry for a few days or optionally lay it in the sun for 20 – 30 minutes. A lukewarm heating would also be possible, but special caution is required here, as the stone can quickly dry out again or even shatter.
The stone will not completely lose its brown color immediately, but over time it is very likely. Wear it often on your body and expose it to different climates.
If you have any questions about care, handling or about opals in general, please send us an email or contact us here .
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