Important Opal Facts you should know to bust all Myths

28 October, 2020
Important Opal Facts you should know to bust all Myths

Opal gemstone is an ornamental stone, and it is often identified as a birthstone for people born in October. It is separated into two categories: Common opal (Potch) and Precious Opal (Noble Opal) because of the occupancy of tiny silica spheres which incorporate water. However, there are many myths associated with opal which are often asked by most users.

So today, let’s bust all these common myths and understand the real facts of opal.

Opal Facts and Myths:

  • Myth- Opal should be cleaned with oils and creams.

Fact- Opal doesn’t have to be treated with oil to bring the best shine. Using oils and moisturizers won’t add longevity to your opal.

  • Myth- Opal may bring misfortune.

Fact- An opal is believed to be the birthstone for people born in October. Many wrongly believe that opal brings misfortune to people born in other months. There isn’t anything to prove this. Buying an opal doesn’t bring any trouble, even if you are not born in October.

  • Myth- Soaking opals helps prevent it from cracking.

Fact- If the opal is already cracked, then soaking it would help hide the crack for a very short time.

  • Myth- Opals are incredibly brittle.

Fact- They are brittle in comparison with other gemstones. But it is not as fragile as many people believe.

  • Myth- Solid opals are more prone to cracks when exposed to water.

Fact- Solid opals will not be cracked after exposure to dampness. They have water within, and external soaking does not make any difference. However, non-solid stones can be damaged by water.

  • Myth- Bright light can cause an opal to dry out.

Fact- Bright lights can make your opal shine more. You need to keep the opal away from scorching light, which can cause opals to crack.

  • Myth- Drenching an opal in rose water can improve its color.

Fact- Opals look temporarily better after soaking it in any liquid. But, the only way to improve its color is through proper polishing by a professional.

  • Myth- Warming an opal in your grasp will improve its splendor.

Fact- The warmth of opal will not affect its colors.

  •  Myth- A light from within the stone gives it its color.

Fact- Opal’s tones are brought about by the reflection and diffraction of white light, which enters the stone. The light bobs around the little minute silica circles inside the stone, causing the diffraction and the prism effect.

There are plenty of myths and facts to know about opal, but these are the most common opal facts and myths.

Why is opal kept in the water?

Opals dry out and crack after some time. So, merchants put these stones in the water to keep them hydrated. They are also kept in the water to hide any cracks temporarily.

Where to find opal gemstone online in India?

Many gemstone suppliers all over India sell opal stone online, such as Brahma Gems. It is a gems shop in Delhi, and you can buy their trusted gemstones online as well. Brahma Gems is one of the oldest gemstone shops which has an excellent reputation. Thanks to its physical and digital presence, you can find the best quality birthstone gems online and offline as well!

Not just this, it’s a certified and natural gemstone shop in Delhi.

If you doubt any fact or myth about opal gemstones, make sure you consult with a gemologist from Brahma Gems before believing it completely.

Opal stone price

Opal stone prices depend on the various types of opal stones. The prices differ according to the quality and quantity of the opal gemstone. The cost starts from INR 900/- per carat to INR 5,000/- per carat, with increasing quality.

 Now, you have understood the myths and facts about opal stones and where you can buy opals of the best quality. At Brahma Gems, you can learn about more opal facts as well.

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