Opal

Mexican Fire Opal

Hardness: 5-6.5 Mohs

Enhancement Code: Natural

Quality Information:

AA: Medium to dark orange-reddish orange; eye clean; faceted; good cut

AAA (Cherry): Medium to dark orangy red; eye clean; faceted; good cut

Care: Take care when wearing Fire Opal. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water.

Major Sources: Mexico

These are definitely not your grandmother’s opals. One of the most vibrant of gems, it brings a life to jewelry that demands attention. Its blazing orange colour communicates security and success, as well as health and vitality.

Treasured by the Maya and Aztecs, Mexico produces this transparent opal and regards it as the national gemstone. Unlike white opal, fire opal is usually faceted.

White Opal

Hardness: 5-6.5 Mohs

Enhancement Code: Natural

Quality Information:

A: White background, good to medium fire; colour ranges include blue, green, and red

AAA: White background; medium to strong fire; colour ranges include blue, green, and red

Care: Rated “fair” for everyday wear. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and protect from scratches and harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water, or clean in an at-home ultrasonic unit.

Major Sources: Australia

With its pulsating display of play of colour, opal was long reserved for royalty. The crown of the Holy Roman Emperor held a superb fiery red Opal called The Burning of Troy which later was given by Napoleon as a gift to Josephine. Queen Victoria often presented opals as wedding gifts.

Because of its high water content, opals thrive when worn. If placed in storage or exposed to heat for too long, this magic stone will pale. Opal is often chosen to celebrate those born in October.

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