The traditional birthstone for October, Opal, comes from the Greek word opallos meaning “to see a change.” Opal’s famed and fiery display of changing colors is better known as 'play-of-color.' A fitting name as Arabic mythology even attests to opals coming to earth through lightning strikes to the ground. While not all opals display play-of-color, you will always find an ethereal essence present.
Opals are mined in many places around the world: Australia, Ethiopia, and Brazil to name a few. We source a wide range of opals (many of which we are in the process of uploading to the web!), though a large portion of what we source is from Mexico and Oregon.
Mexican Fire Opal, or MFO as we call it, is one of our specialties. This opal can be found in a fine orange color to flaming reds, seen both with and without play-of-color. This blazing gem drastically differs from our Oregon Opals, another specialty. Oregon is home to some of the best Blue Hyalite Opals in the world. This particular variety has a translucent white base with a blue overtone in one light and a yellow overtone in others. As an icy gem with strong adularescence, you can see how the ethereal essence is never lost even when play-of-color is not present.
Our opals are never treated in any way and follow a strict protocol in both material sourcing as well as drying processes. This helps us ensure your opal lasts a lifetime. Even still, opals can be quite delicate and rank between a 5.5 - 6 on the Mohs Scale, so it's always wise to treat any opal with some extra care.
Click below to explore available opals on our website today. Be sure to reach out if you don't see what you're looking for because it's quite possible we have it, just haven't been able to upload it just yet!