Opal Simplified: Clearing the Confusion
Let’s cut through the tangle of opal terms, shall we? Here at Opals Down Under, we’re not just about selling our wares (though that’s pretty important too). We’re on a mission to demystify opals and their various forms for you. After all, not every jeweller or retailer takes the time to explain that triplets shouldn’t go for a swim, or that Black Opal reigns supreme, or that synthetic opals are a big ‘no’ in our book (we steer clear of those).
So, let’s break it down, simple and easy –
1. Listen to Your Heart
You’re looking for an opal that resonates with you. While coloured stones are a hot investment these days (opals, especially Black Opals, hold their value), the real deal is this – you’re buying the stone or jewellery because it speaks to you (or the lucky person you’re buying it for).
2. Solid Australian Opal: A Rare Gem
When it comes to true rarity, nothing beats the array of Solid Australian Opals. Everyone’s got their flavour. The older crowd often adores the White or Milky Opal for its pearlescent charm and classic reputation. The younger folks lean toward the bold shades of Boulder or Black Opal, which gel perfectly with modern designs. And admit it, telling people you own a Black Opal adds a certain flair.
3. Colours of Choice
Greens and blues take the cake in the popularity contest. Maybe it’s because they’re more affordable than fiery reds and oranges, or perhaps they’re just universally adored hues.
4. Triplets and Doublets: The Affordable Alternatives
Budget on the tighter side? Don’t sweat it. Triplets and Doublets are here to save the day. They mimic the allure of Black Opal without the steep price tag. Here’s the deal though – keep them dry (water is their enemy- due to causing the glue to delaminate). And here’s a fun fact: most folks can’t tell Triplets/Doublets from Solid Black Opals (you will, once you’re in the know).
5. The Tale of Triplets and Doublets
These two have their own stories. Both masquerade as Black Opal on a budget. Both need to stay dry. Triplets expose a slim opal layer capped with synthetic resin, while Doublets flaunt the real opal on top.
6. The Not-So-Welcome Guest: Synthetic Opals
Last but not least, let’s have a word about synthetic opals – or maybe not. We’re not exactly fans, and we prefer not to dwell on them. Ensure you do your research when purchasing from companies that aren’t us – ensure what you are purchasing is a natural Australian Opal.
So there you have it, opal in a nutshell. It’s about finding what sparks your soul, whether it’s a Solid Opal, a spirited Doublet, or even a budget-friendly Triplet. And if you’ve got a hankering for the real deal, you’re in good company with us.