Real Opal jewelry well, that’s an expression that immediately raises a question. Are we saying that there are some types of opal jewelry that are NOT real? That is the opal stone itself is not a natural one out of the ground!
Yes, that’s exactly what we are saying. You see, along with a lot of smart things that people who work in a laboratory have done, a way has been found to mimic nature in regard to opal and many other gemstones.
Many years ago an attempt was made to create the amazing colors of opal by using plastic with crinkled colored paper in the background and to the novice, it looked pretty good. But at a second glance, you could see that the amazing change of patterns and colors that you get in Real opal was just not there.
In recent years though, with the advances in science some pretty good imitations have been fabricated to the point that, unless you are an expert, there is no way of telling whether the stone is real or not
How to know whether you are getting Real Opal jewelry or a synthetic?
The first and most obvious test is the price! If you are being offered a really nice looking stone at a ridiculous price, suspicions should be roused immediately. The first thing to do is ask the seller right away whether its real opal jewelry or man-made. If he or she is unsure, don’t go any further.
If they say its real and you are still suspicious because of the price or even if its quite expensive, the best idea is to take a picture of it or send us the website if its online and Peter, our resident opal cutter will check. Just send a message in the blog at the bottom of this page and Peter will be in touch. Or you can leave a message on the box on the front page of this site
But how about if you are struggling financially?
Well, if you are in this category you are not alone. Quite apart from the recent international economic downturn, there have always been heaps of poor people who have to count their pennies every time they buy a loaf of bread. This is often not of their doing.
They could be really industrious people who because of circumstances, perhaps marriage breakups, or being owed a lot of money, or just in a very difficult social situation where most folks are really poor, have no spare cash to spend on luxuries like jewelry.
Does this mean if you are struggling, you can’t enjoy some of life’s little jewelry luxuries
Not at all. Real Opal Jewelry can be interpreted a lot of ways nowadays. In old times you had to be rich to own anything that looked pretty but nowadays Real opals are processed in such a way
You can buy Real Opal jewelry on this opalmine site for as little as $30. Even less for smaller pendants.
Real gemstones are possible too even if you are struggling.
But it IS nice to own some good jewelry that is natural even if it’s only to flash them in front of your friends and make them a bit jealous. Take Opals for example. Opal is one of the only gemstones which cater for all types of pockets.
Opal can be manufactured in such a way that you can have a stone that is not expensive but is still a real, natural, gem. This is because opal comes in such a large variety of colors, shades, depths, and values. Take a look at these pendants and talk to us if you want more information.
For example, solid white opal from Coober Pedy in South Australia is a stone that is quite opaque, that is the color sits on the surface of the stone. This makes it a much cheaper gemstone in the eyes of the opal merchants, and yet a very large proportion of people just love the more delicate features of this cheaper opal gem.
Black opal is often not for the poor
And yet, the same features of a black opal can be duplicated by merely cutting the white or crystal opal thinner and setting it in a black background with a crystal cap to protect it. (as illustrated in the pics) Some of these much cheaper stones, even really large ones can be purchase already set in precious silver for under $100 and they look like something worth $5000 and more.
Real Opal jewelry can ad “sparkle” to life
So you can see that Real Opal jewelry, is not always the possession of the rich. Most folks can enjoy its beauty and add a little more “sparkle” to life. Take a look at opalmine.com. Particularly the section specializing in lower-priced Real Opal jewelry.