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Australian Opals are Beloved Gemstones for Many Reasons

Australia is the number one source for Opals and Opal jewellery given the abundance in the Australian Outback. Australian Opal is typically made into jewellery that can be worn by both women and men. There are many variations of the Australian Opal available on the market, so it is important to be knowledge when selecting your very own Opal heirloom.

 Australian Opal typically comes in one of three forms: solid, doublet, or triplet. A Solid Opal is an untreated opal that is mined, shaped, polished, and sold or placed into jewellery as it is. Solid Australian Opal comes in at the highest price point and retains the most value given its ability to last a lifetime as long as it is handled with proper care. Next is Opal Doublets which feature a thin slice of solid Opal attached to a backing (typically ironstone or black potch) to enhance the wildfire of colour within the Opal slice. Doublets come in at the second highest price point and are good for those who have just discovered an interest in Opal Jewellery and want to own a few lasting pieces without the price point of a solid. However, one must be careful as over time the Opal slice can detach from the backing, so it is important to properly care for your Opal doublet jewellery. Lastly is Opal Triplets, which similar to doublets feature a thin slice of opal on a potch backing. However, the slice of opal on a triplet is often much thinner than that on doublets. Additionally, on triplets, A clear glass, quartz, or plastic capping in the shape of a dome is placed on top of the opal to give the stone a cabochon top. Triplets are the most affordable option, given their minimal Opal content and tendency to last for the least amount of time.

 Opal is a treasured gem for many reasons, including the array of colors that can be seen within the stone. Its fascinating properties continue to make it the most sought-after gemstone in Australia. Research is key before selecting the Opal treasure that’s right for you and your lifestyle!

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Marry Anderson is a jewelry enthusiast who loves the unique beauty of opal jewelry


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