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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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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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