6 misconceptions about opals
Here are the 6 misconceptions about opals.
Opals are bad luck.
Opals are connected to many ancient cultures and considered to be magical stones, created from the footsteps of the creator Zeus’ tears, or even the cupid of love. DeBeers had a strong marketing campaign to sell opals as unlucky so more people would buy diamonds.
You have to soak your opal in water.
Opal is non-porous and nothing can get into the stone. Once opal is cut and polished there is no further treatment needed. Soaking it in water won’t hurt or help your stone.
That’s a fire opal.
Opals with lots of color are opals with flash. Fire opals are solid red or red-orange and typically come from Mexico, ours come from Oregon. Australian opals with lots of play of color have flash to them, not fire.
Opals are fragile.
Opals are more fragile than most gemstones, bu have the same hardness as glass. Wear your opal jewelry carefully, but most likely it will be fine.
Fake opals are cheap.
They aren’t cheap, but they do cost lest than natural opals. The pattern is “too perfect” and often have straight columns of color. Natural opal color is random in alignment.
Opals need to be rubbed with oil.
Rubbing your opal with oil will do nothing more than make your jewelry slippery. Opals do not soak up any liquid.