Treat your precious opals with care as you would any fine jewellery.
Solid opals do not require any special conditions to maintain their beauty indefinitely.
However, triplets, doublets and inlay are laminates therefore
It is important to protect them from harsh impact. On some occasions the opal layer is just a thin veneer glued to a black backing so it may crack if dropped on a hard surface.
If you wear your opals daily, they could lose some of their polish over a long period of time. In just a few minutes an experienced jeweller can simply re-polish the surface to bring back your opal's original brilliance and shine. Solid opal jewellery can also be cleaned in a jeweller's ultrasonic cleaner. But is not recommended to use ultrasonic jewellery cleaner with opal doublets triplets and treated stones. As with any valuable jewellery you should avoid situations where the opal could come in contact with abrasives or be subjected to harsh impact.
Solid Australian opal has a typical hardness of 6 to 7 on Mohs scale of hardness. In comparison following is typical hardness of some other gemstones you may be familiar with Eg. Pearl = 3.5, Tanzanite 6.5, Beryl = 7, Sapphire = 9, Emerald= 7.75.
Opals are a magnificent and unique gemstone so wear your opal jewellery and and care for it as you would for other fine jewellery and most of all - Enjoy it!
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