Model wearing Parle Light Opal Necklace and Ring

18k Yellow Gold Neckpiece with 21.04 ct Natural Light Opal accented with Diamonds (Style NNLOV6622104EI)

Ring: 18k Yellow Gold Ring with 2.10 tcw Natural Light Opal accented with Diamonds (Style R80N0106E)

Light Opal Example

Light Opal

Origin: Australia

Phenomenon: Play-of-color

Species: Silicate

Hardness: 5.0 to 6.5 on Mohs Scale

Birthstone Month: October

Opal, the chameleon of the gemstone world, encompasses the essence of countless colors within its vibrant existence. Revered as "The Rainbow Stone" by Australia's Aboriginal people, Opal stands as a testament to nature's awe-inspiring creations.

Derived from the Latin word "opalus," which traces back to the Greek term "opallios" meaning "to see a change of color," the name opal aptly captures the gem's transformative nature. Opals showcase an exquisite array of hues, ranging from profound blues and violets to radiant oranges and yellows.

This splendid gemstone, composed of silicon dioxide and various minerals, presents itself as a captivating sight. Its mesmerizing play of rainbow-like colors owes its enchantment to minuscule silica spheres that diffract light, resulting in an unparalleled and spellbinding spectacle.

Care for your Opal jewelry by avoiding sharp blows to the stone and harsh chemicals. Clean using a mild soap. Do not use an ultrasonic cleaner. Prolonged exposure to water and or steam should be avoided.

The Gem Junkies have dedicated 2 whole podcast episodes to Opals and all its forms.

Part I: Opal, Queens Victoria and a Sassy Shoulder

Part II: White Man in a Hole