Mythology of Opals?

Answer Opals, Australia's national gemstone, have been known and admired since the beginning of written history. Considered a semiprecious stone, opals come in a variety of shades and are found and admire... Read More »

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How to Buy Opals?

The birthstone of October, opals are a fascinating stone. The fire in the opal, caused by diffraction, displays all the colors of the rainbow. Almost 95 percent of opals are found in Australia, alt... Read More »

Do opals shrink?

While the opal gemstone itself does not shrink, opals contain 2 to 10 percent water. The water content leaves the opal vulnerable to sudden changes in temperature, which can lead to fissures and du... Read More »

How are opals made?

Opal is a gemstone found in many parts of the earth, but most often associated with Australia, where it has been declared Australia's national gemstone. It comes in a variety of colors. It is comp... Read More »

How to Care for Opals?

Opals have always been a mysterious and beautiful gemstone. It is one of the softest gemstones used in jewelry, so extra precautions must be taken to keep opal jewelry in pristine condition. Genera... Read More »