Post # 1
Hello bees, I feel like it has been awhile! So the other day DH surprised me with a beautiful opal rhr (one that I’ve been lusting after for ages, but have actually only casually mentioned to him once). It absolutely screams NurseMarriedToAFarmer, and knowing he purchased it for me for no real reason makes me swoon like crazy. Obviously, I want to take care of my new beaut, however, I dawned on me that I don’t really know how. I know that opals require some tlc, but whatever that extra care is, is beyond me. So, opal owning bees, how do I take care of my new pretty? PS, I live in the Midwest where it is scorching with humidity in the summer, and well below freezing with an abundance of snow in the winter (I’m not sure if that impacts it, but being opals do contain water, I’m assuming it might be important to know)
please & thank you
Post # 3
They are delicate, so they shouldn’t be worn if they’ll get banged around a lot. I have heard they can crack if they undergo a rapid change in humidity, though I’m not sure how true that is.
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Post # 5
gently have a damp cloth and wet it each day. opals are water gems, they like staying moist since drying out can crack them.
if you wear perfumes, spray them before wearing opals, or just don’t spray anywhere near them. don’t rub lotions all over them if its on your fingers, take it off first.
be conscious of its softness.
Post # 6
I agree with the above posters. It’s definitely one of those gemstones that needs to be babied. I also would not wear it to work where you are constantly taking gloves on and off. Don’t soak it in any kind of commercial jewelry cleaner.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies! I knew I could just google it, but asking people (and who better than those one the bee) always yields better, more trustworthy advice.