What’s New at UniQ
October 12, 2009 by Matt Loker
I hope you all enjoyed the birthday party the girls had for me as much as they did. To those of you who didn’t make it in … don’t despair, the girls didn’t give EVERYTHING away!!! Thanks also for all the Birthday Wishes!
Opal ~ Gem of the Month for October
14kt White Gold Mexican Fire Opal Ring ~ 3.4 grams!Nature’s entire splendor seems to be reflected in the manifold opulence of fine Opals: fire and lightning, all the colors of the rainbow and the soft shine of far seas. Australia is the classical country of origin; almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts.
Numerous legends and tales surround this colorful gemstone, which can be traced back in its origins to a time long before our memory, to the ancient dream time of the Australian aborigines. It is reported in their legends that the creator came down to Earth on a rainbow, in order to bring the message of peace to all the humans. On the very spot where his foot touched the ground the stones became alive and started sparkling in all the colors of the rainbow. That was the birth of the Opal.
14KT Yellow Gold Crystal Opal Bracelet – a stunning 28 grams!The group of fine Opals includes quite a number of wonderful gemstones, which share one characteristic: they shine and sparkle in a continually changing play of colors! Depending on the kind, place of occurrence, and color of the main body, Opals are differentiated by Dark or Black, White or Light, Mild or Crystal Boulder Opal, Opal Matrix, Yowah Nuts from Queensland – the so-called “picture stones”, and also Mexican and Fire Opal. Opal variations are practically unlimited. If Opals are lacking the typical play or colors, they are simply named “Common Opals.”
As with all gemstones, care should be taken to protect your Opals from scratches and sharp blows. Opals contain water and when they become too dry they become brittle; Opal jewelry should be worn as often as possible for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and from the skin of its wearer.
Remember, the staff at UniQ is always happy to answer your gemstone and jewelry care questions; helping to educate you about gems in general and in the proper care for your jewelry investments are our pleasure.