Opals are a type of semiprecious stone that come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. They are found all over the world, but most opals come from Australia. Opals have been used in jewelry and other decorative items for centuries, and their popularity has only grown in recent years.
Opals are made up of silica and water, and they have a relatively high water content (up to 20%). This makes them one of the softer stones on the market, and they can be easily scratched or chipped if not handled carefully. Despite their softness, opals are still quite durable and can last for many years with proper care.
The most popular type of opal is the black opal, which has a dark body color with bright flashes of color in it. Black opals are quite rare, and they are also the most expensive type of opal. Other popular types of opals include white opals, fire opals, and boulder opals.
Opals are often cut into cabochons, which are smooth, rounded stones that are typically used in jewelry. They can also be cut into other shapes, such as ovals and triangles. Opals can be set in metal settings or made into beads for bracelets and necklaces.
Opals are said to have many magical properties, including the ability to bring good luck, protect against evil spirits, and improve one’s mood. Opals are also said to enhance creativity and imagination.
Whether you believe in their magical properties or not, opals are definitely a beautiful and unique stone that is sure to add a touch of elegance to any piece of jewelry.