are softer and more fragile than most
crystalline gems. As with all precious
items, a certain amount of care should
be take. Be careful not to scratch or
hit opals, especially those mounted
in rings. Also avoid wearing an opal
ring while washing up, gardening or
doing the housework.
are composed of between three and 20
per cent water and as such, they should
not allowed to freeze or dry out. In
the case of solid opal, an occasional
light rinsing in fresh water is recommended.
However, never immerse a triplet or
doublet opal in water for any reason
whatsoever because such an action may
cause permanent damage.
storing opals, avoid plastic bags and
dry storage conditions. Soft cloth bags
with padding are ideal for opals. If
storing a solid opal, take it out for
an occasional wipe with a damp cloth
or a dip in fresh water.
a soft dry cloth to clean opals. With
care, opals may be enjoyed for many
years to come.
showcases at Costello's displaying solid
opal also carry small glasses of water.
As mentioned earlier, opal contains
water: spending time in the enclosed
space of the display case under the
heat of the overhead spotlights can
make an opal thirsty! Therefore, a container
of water helps the opal retain this
moisture by creating a humid atmosphere
in the showcase.