AUSTRALIAN OPAL CUFFLINKS
- Opal Type: Doublet Opal Mosaic
- Origin: Lightning Ridge, Walgett Shire, NSW, Australia
- Material: S/S Rhodium Plated
- Stone Size: 12mm.
- Colour Stone: Blue and Green Australian Opal
Mosaic opals are very popular, as they display brilliant colours. They have stunning fire colours and patterns.
Opals mined in Lightning Ridge are mostly used in these mosaic opals as when mined the opals digging machine does break up lots of small opals that are what is used to make these opal doublet mosaics
They are not easy to find as when the opal bearing dirt is bought to the and surface, someone has to sit inside a room and the opals goes in under ultraviolet light so person’s hand would pick the opal colour and each one is unique has different colour hues so the finished product looks very bright
These stones are easy to cut in popular shape and make fantastic opal pairs.
These Mosaic Opal has two components: A thin slice of small pieces of opals glued closely together, resulting in high visual impact and a black potch that enhances the fire colour.
Mosaics make good ring stones, but it is recommended not to get them wet when washing dishes.
OPAL THE “EYE STONE”
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- Birthstone – October
- Zodiac: Cancer, Libra, Scorpio, Pisces
- Element – Water
Opal is the birthstone for the month of October, along with pink tourmaline. It is also the stone given to celebrate the 14th year of marriage. The name opal is thought to be derived from the Sanskrit Upala, meaning “precious stone,” and later the Greek derivative “Opallios,” meaning “to see a change of color.”
Opal is predominantly found in Australia. 95% of it, to be exact, is found there, thus making opal the country’s national gemstone.The most appreciated and valuable opal is
Black Opal, due to their dark body tone and the resulting vibrant play of colour.
Semi-black Opal, also known as
Grey Opal, refers to opals which have a darker body tone than white opals, yet are not quite dark enough to be classified as Black Opals. They are found mostly at Lightning Ridge, however they have also been found at Mintabie in South Australia.
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To define opal they are solid gems mineraloid that is solidified from the chemical silicon dioxide, which comes from cavities in decaying vegetation, wood, and bones.
The opal can be quite superb. Opal from Lightning Ridge is often considered to be the best and brightest in the world. Opal is an emotional stone that reflects the mood of each person. It intensifies emotions and releases inhibitions. It encourages both freedom and independence.
Opal enhances cosmic consciousness and induces psychic and mystical visions. It stimulates originality and creativity, helping to release anger and claim self-worth, aiding in accessing and expressing one’s true self.
They are known for strengthening the memory, it also encourages an interest in arts. By wearing your Opal you will bring loyalty, faithfulness, and spontaneity. Opal is a noncrystalline form of the mineral silica. Opal is related to the more common crystalline cousins such as quartz and agate. Opal differs as it is formed from amorphous lumps of silica rather than that from naturally faceted crystals. The chemical composition of opal is SiO2H2O, silicon dioxide combined with water (an opal stone may contain up to 30% water.) Opal’s Moh’s hardness rating is measured at 6.0 to 6.5 on the scale similar in hardness to quartz. Most opal is more than 65 million to 145 million years old and is found in the Cretaceous layer of rock which was during the period when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
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