Opal stone history: Opal has been a treasured gemstone around the world. The Aztecs have long mined opal in Central and South America. The Romans called Opal “Cupid Paederos”- a child as beautiful as love, and wore it as symbol of hope, purity and love believing it had power to cure one from disease.Opals were formed many millions of years ago, when a combination of silica and water flowed into cracks and spaces in the ground. This then gradually hardened and solidified to become opal.
Opal stone meaning: The opal is said to be many things including the most powerful of healing stones, the stone of hope, the stone of great achievement and even the "stone of the Gods". Opal is October’s birthstone and 14th Anniversary gift.
Synthetic Opal: Term generally refer to polymer-impregnated opals, which are 70-90% silica (from which natural opal is formed) and 10-30% resin. Lab created opals exhibit brilliant fire resembling the finest opal at a fraction of the cost. Synthetic opals spots of color are larger but they interact with light in a very similar way to natural opals.
Opal special care: Take care not to hit the opal or rub the opal against a solid surface. Opals can easily scratch, chip or crack. Water immersion can break down the epoxy glue bond holding the opal to the setting.Avoid chemicals, heat, and strong light. Water immersion can break down the glue bond holding the stone in the setting.