Opal: The October Birthstone
Opal, and its dramatic play of color has inspired writers to match it to fireworks, galaxies, and volcanoes. Nomadic Bedouins once believed opal held lightning within and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. The Ancient Greeks thought opals bestowed the gift of prophecy and protection from disease. Europeans long maintained opal to be symbolic of purity, hope, and truth. Years ago, opal was once believed to embody the virtues and powers of all the colored stones.
Where do Opals Come From?
How do I Clean and Take Care of my Opal Jewelry?
Some opals are treated by impregnation with oil, wax, or plastic. Opal doublets or triplets are fine slices of opal glued to a base material and covered with a protective layer of clear quartz. The safest way to clean opal is with warm, soapy water. Other cleaning methods might damage the opal or filler material. Prolonged exposure to water may weaken the adhesive in opal doublets and triplets. Even natural opal can fracture if exposed to high heat or sudden temperature changes.
Bring Your Opal Jewelry to Golden Anvil Jewelers!
Once a year, even if October isn't your birthday month, bring your opal jewelry to the Golden Anvil Jewelers and we will professionally inspect and clean your opal jewelry completely free of charge. If your opal jewelry needs some attention or repair, we can take care of you with our team of in-house gemologists at reasonable rates.
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And last but not least, Happy Birthday to all our October-born clients and friends!