Caring for Opals
Simple measures are required to be taken to care for your opal.
Opals are made of 5-10% water. Using solutions that may cause the opals to dry out such as detergents, laundry soaps of any ammonia based product should not be used on opals. Drying out the opal causes crazing, fine hair line fractures in the stone. Simple measures such as not washing up, bathing, swimming, steaming with the opal can reduce the risk of Crazing.
Exposure to extreme heat will also dry out the opal resulting in a loss of iridescence and life to the stone.
Opals, such as with pearls, are enhanced when worn. The natural oils in the skin help to keep the opal moist which in turn maintains luster, play of color and the beauty of the opal.
Do not store your opal in a safe or vault for long periods of time. Dry storage areas like this will cause the opal to dry out.
It is commonly thought Opal is a soft stone. In actual fact, opal shares the same hardness as that of turquoise, lapis lazuli, tanzanite and moonstone.
Love and enjoy your opal and it will love and enjoy you back.