Post # 1
I went to the jeweler a few days ago. He has a beautiful collection of opal custom jewelry and I was talking to him about them, because I have a blue opal necklace that is very important to me, and I expressed my concern for my opal cracking (which is fairly common).
He said that an opal is made up of around 80% water, and that it will retain it’s strength best if stored in water, or even more preferably, baby oil. I thought that was such a neat revelation & I wanted to share it with the hive!
:] Best of Luck!
Post # 3
That I didn’t know!! Would the baby oil harm the metal the stone is set in though?? I have a beautiful opal ring that I am terrified to wear in fear of harming it!
Post # 4
Wow that is so cool! Imagine the pretty decorative bottles and things you could buy to keep your opal jewelry in (yup.. that’s where my mind went first.)
Post # 5
Thanks for sharing! I have opal and diamond earrings I am terrified to wear.
Post # 6
Here’s a good website with care info: http://www.aussietreasurechest.com.au/A%20Guide%20to%20Opal%20Care.asp
I wore a 3 stone opal ring for years and never had any issues with it. I used a jewelry polishing cloth on the yellow gold setting, and would sometimes dip the band part (not the stones) in jewelry cleaning solution.
When I had the ring sized they had to remove all the stones first. Cost me a fortune but it was gorgeous!
Post # 7
Wow, that is very cool. Though I’m not sure I’d like to have to clean baby oil off my necklace every time I wear it. Water though would be awesome!
Post # 8
@Whitanella: If you have an opal with an ornate setting, it might be best to go the water route, as baby oil will gunk up the setting eventually. I’m just super happy I found this out though, because my pendant is starting to look a little less vibrant than it once did!
Post # 9
I’m an October baby so I have a lot of opals. I but a dab of oil on a cloth and rub it on every couple of months. I’ve never had a problem.