Triplet Opal & Solid Opals Silver Pendant
- Opal Type: Triplet Opal and Solid Opals
- Origin: Lightning Ridge, Walgett Shire, NSW / Mintabie – Coober Pedy – South Australia
- Sterling Silver 925
- Stone Size: Triplet 11*11 mm – Solids 3*3 mm
The stone name opal comes from the Sanskrit word “upala” for stone, or precious stone.
Triplets consist of three layers:
A black backing as above
A paper-thin slice of opal in the middle
A clear glass, quartz, or plastic capping in the shape of a dome.
Opal is a stone of inspiration which enhances imagination and creativity. It can bring inspiration to projects and to life and Spirit.
Opal has a larger proportion of water in it than most stones and is considered a water stone. This can help ease the effort of handling change in life. Like water rolls over and past rocks and roots in its way, the energy of opal can help continue on your path regardless of obstacles. During times of transformation, this is an invaluable energy to work with and hold close to your heart.
Mentally, opal is said to enhance memory. It is also used to decrease confusion.
The translucence of a crystal opal often gives it a greater clarity and vibrancy of colour than opaque stones.
A black backing which is made of either black industrial glass, black patch (colourless opal), hard plastic, brown ironstone or sometimes vitrolite.
A thin slice of opal (normally crystal opal or white opal). The thickness of the opal in a doublet can vary, however, it is generally thicker than the opal found in a triplet. The edges of the slice of opal are generally rounded off (if there is enough opal) to give the stone a cabochon (domed top).
The term “crystal opal” refers to any kind of opal (i.e. black opal, white opal, semi-black opal) which has a transparent, translucent, or semi-translucent body. This is also referred to as the “diaphaneity” of a stone. If light is able to pass through the stone, or you can see through an opal, then you are probably looking at a crystal opal. Crystal opals can display any colour of the spectrum in a beautiful play of colour.