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Opal Pendants

Why an opal pendant… For centuries pendants have been worn as items of adornment for woman.  An opal pendant is eye-catching. The colour play in an opal will mean that the stone when viewed in different directions will look different. An opal will also display different colours when viewed in different types of lighting. This phenomena is due to the reflection and refraction of light through the silica spheres which make up an opal. An opal is not a hard gemstone in comparison to other gemstones. Worn as a pendant an opal is less likely to be damaged. Any opal jewelery should be worn with care. An unusual opal pendant…

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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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Opal Cabochons

The term cabochon refers to a curved and polished dome. Opals are cut as cabochons. The most popular shape being an oval. Opal cabochons can be cut low, medium or high domed. Advantages of opal cabochons A cabochon cut allows a setting edge for the jeweller. When cutting the edges of the dome are slightly moving inwards thus allowing the jeweller to set the piece to the edge. Unlike a faceted gemstone which can chip on the edges a cabochon can only be scratched on the dome and can be easily be re-polished. A high domed cabochon gives the opal more depth of colour. A darker opal will predominately be cut…

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