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Genuine Opal jewelry

Genuine opal jewelry
Natural boulder opal pendant

Genuine opal jewelry is often not easy to find. The other day I was browsing a respectable online shopping site and, because I specialize in real opal at the opalmine site, the announcement ‘genuine opal jewelry’ caught my attention.

I am always interested in what my competitors are selling. It gives me an idea of what is in demand and what people like to see. Then I noticed the price of this top quality crystal opal that looked like it had come direct from the Coober Pedy Opalmines in Australia. click here to see some genuine crystal opals along with some boulders unset)

Unbelievably it was UNDER $50!! Of course, the alarm bells rang immediately and i decided to take a closer look at this ‘bargain’ because stones like this sell for around $500.

Many people would not read the fine print, being happy to go along with the initial ‘genuine opal’ claim, but reading further, the truth was offered for all to see. Yes, it was genuine opal, but not NATURAL genuine opal. It was a genuine LAB opal, which means that the opal was created in a laboratory by gemstone chemists.

Genuine opal jewelry warning: There are a few types of fake opals

As far as i know, there is only one fake that can be termed ‘synthetic’ opal and that is the one created by Pierre Gilson back in the 70’s. This opal closely resembles the real thing, being based on silicon.

Other mimics of Genuine opal jewelry

are based on both glass and plastic. Slocum stone is made from glass. Opalite from plastic. Both types are often called ‘opal Essence’ My investigations indicate that there is a huge amount of fake opal being sold on auction and other online jewelry sites that look for the world like the real thing at bargain prices. This article is not to undermine the synthetic stone industry because it has its place in the world of jewelry along with synthetic sapphires, rubies and other gemstones.

If you finances are limited, these products create a helpful niche in the jewelry industry, the same way that plastic shoes and flowers fill a need in the world of footwear and fashion. The reason for this article is to alert buyers that these fakes are on offer and they should be purchased with a proper understanding of what they are rather than to pay for something that is not what you think it is.

Genuine opal jewelry
natural boulder opal ring

So when you see a beautiful ‘opal’ ring or pendant online at a really cheap price, read the description carefully and if the identification of the stone is not clear, be sure to ask the vendor before committing.

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Genuine Opal Jewelry (jewellery-British spelling)
boulder opal 5415 in 18k gold

Genuine Opal Jewelry (jewellery-British spelling)

Genuine Opal Jewelry (jewellery-British spelling)Genuine Opal Jewelry (jewellery-British spelling): Why should it be necessary to put the word “genuine” in front of the name “opal jewelry” Aren’t all opals genuine? When we look at an opal in a jewelry shop it certainly looks genuine and actually, it could be but more often than not, nowadays its NOT.

And lets face it, if it looks nice, why would be bother to know if its genuine opal jewelry (jewellery) or not. Well, nowadays the world has pretty well got used to synthetics. Synthetic clothes, synthetic wool, synthetic leather.. the list goes on and on.

Well, i guess if you ask the ladies who own a diamond ring, whether they would be disappointed or not to find out that the diamond they have bought is a fake, the reaction would be understandably predictable.

They would be VERY annoyed. I guess its something to do with the way we feel about ourselves. its just nice to know that you own something that not only LOOKS nice but is valuable. The same applies to jewelry. Genuine opal jewelry is expected when you see something advertised as such.

For many years it was not possible to create an opal in a laboratory that looked much like the real thing but in recent years, using all sorts of chemical means including in some cases various forms of plastic, the results have been very convincing.

No longer do jewelers have to wait for the miner with his bundle of precious hardware to service their manufacturing process. Its much easier to buy chunks of material from a laboratory and far cheaper. But the result is not GENUINE opal jewelry. Its man made.

However, this site has stuck to the old fashioned genuine opals cleaved from the ground in the hot and dusty outback of Australia and careful manufactured into jewelry of all kinds.

Over the years these amazing pieces have got so rare that at times we wonder whether there will be a time that no more is found. Already some opal fields have just about run out but while the supply still remains genuine opal jewelry is still procurable.

Here at, you can still find GENUINE opal jewellery. Some have been manufactured in such a way that they have an appearance of black or boulder opal but at a far cheaper price, by setting crystal opal in a dark background. But even thought they have been ‘assisted’ in the manufacturing process, they are still natural opals.

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