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
Formed in areas of Ironstone, Opals are created when the host rock (Ironstone) forms with/as part of the opal when the gem is formed in cracks/voids within the host rock. The resulting opal is often a thin vein laid on (natural) the Ironstone.
Opal is sourced from areas in Western Queensland, which are cut to incorporate the brown host Ironstone and are valuable due to their high demand. Around Andamooka in South Australia, where the host-rock is quartz which is lighter in colour.
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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