A Brief Guide on Caring for Your Opals

Last week, we introduced you to opals for every price point, disproving the assumption that the pretty jewels exist outside the realm of affordability. Whether you’ve already found the perfect piece or are still searching for an opal that’ll make your heart flutter, here’s a guide on caring for the stone to ensure the most wear for your buck.

As a general rule, opals should always be cleaned with warm water and a soft brush. Avoid exposing opals to chemical cleaners and harsh environments. Depending on the type of opal you select, you can also take further precautions to preserve the quality of the stone. Doublets and triplets (opals with two or three layers, respectively) can be wiped with a damp cloth, but should never be fully soaked.

Much like a houseplant, opals also require a balance within their surroundings to ensure that they can flourish. Avoid storing opals in dark areas for long periods of time, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, avoid placing them in areas with intense sunlight. For short periods of time, opals can simply be stored in a padded cloth bag.

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