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Synthetic Opal

What is Synthetic Opal? A synthetic opal is an opal that is manmade. A synthetic opal can either have the same chemical composition as a natural, or use a manmade by-product. A synthetic opal is made in a laboratory. A synthetic opal generally falls into three categories. Glass imitations, plastic imitations or resin & silica mixture imitations. Other terms used in the trade to describe synthetic opal includes: lab-created or laboratory created, Gilson,  Created, & Slocum stone Just to name a few as new words and terms are constantly being used in order to confuse the industry. Chinese Synthetic Opal: Made from a resin mixture. The pattern is very similar right through…

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Jelly Opal

Jelly opal is an opal that has a jelly look to it. It is just like crystal opal but the opal color is a little bit faint so you can see through the opal pretty easily. Jelly opal can come in nobby opal and seam opal. The different grades of jelly opal can be from light to  dark opal. All is still jelly but they have different densities and tints from light to dark. Jelly opal is a great stone for the opal enthusiast that has got most other types in their collection. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to own most jelly opal compared to black…

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Inlay Opal Jewelry

Inlay opal jewelry has an amazing effect because of the way the opal is set. The opal has been bonded in the piece of jewelry by a dark adhesive paste. Ususally having black oxide mixed in the the bond. The opal has been cut to the shape of the setting and placed into the setting with the bonding agent. Once the bonding agent is hard the opal and the metal is ground flat and then polished to give a great effect of a smooth set piece of jewelry. Opal inlay jewelry has been made for many years and has given opal shops another way to sell the opal with a…

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