The mines in the Lightning Ridge region of Australia are the world's top producer (actually the ONLY source) of the coveted and most beautiful black opal. The name "black" opal is sort of a misnomer. Black opal does not necessarily have to be black, in fact much of Australian black opal has a grey, dark blue, dark brown, or deep silver base color. It all depends on the color of the host rock and which particular mine within the Lightning Ridge region the material was mined from. Conversely, white opal does not necessarily have to be white either. It can be any lighter color like beige, yellow, or very light brown. The terms "black" and "white" are simply used to designate which class of opal a particular specimen belongs to.
This triplet stone measures 9 x 7 mm and weighs 1.10 carats.
WHAT ARE TRIPLET GEMSTONES?
Triplet gemstones simply mean that there are 3 layers of material. In the case of opals, the bottom layer is usually either a thin layer of the host rock or black obsidian. The middle layer is a slice of 100 percent REAL opal that is bonded to the top layer, usually top quality quartz. Because opal is so fragile, brittle and soft AND the fact that opal has a high amount of water within its structure that is completely responsible for opal's play of color (opalescence), the top layer of clear quartz actually protects the gemstone not only from mechanical damage such as bumping and knocking especially in rings but also prevents the water content from evaporating. Once evaporation occurs, a process known as "crazing" can occur. Crazing is the diffuse cracking of the stone from dehydration. Once crazing occurs, it is irreversible and the gemstone is ruined. Triplets are a great way to own opal without the worries of having to keep the stone hydrated and also increases durability thus allowing the material to be used to create rings with.
This particular opal has a very dark blue to black background color. It has a unique play of color (opalescence) in that the color blue (in different shades) is the only color involved in its opalescence. Regardless of its lack of multiple color opalescence, it is an absolutely beautiful opal gemstone. The photos are actually representative of the true colors of the gemstone although they are really only a snapshot in time. Opal is the most difficult gemstone to photograph because even the slightest movement can completely change the color scheme of the gemstone. The best way to view an opal is on a turntable. Unfortunately, etsy does not have this capability YET but many shop owners who sell opal have asked the company to offer this mode of viewing and they are considering offering it in the future.
Australian black opal is 100 percent ALL NATURAL. There have been no treatments or enhancements to the material whatsoever.
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Shipping & policies
My shipping rates are a flat fee of 4.50 for the first item and 0.99 for each additional item in the same order. This covers all the costs of envelopes, packaging material, handling fees and trips to the post office. Unfortunately, the USPS has raised their rates on ALL domestic and international packages by over 35 percent as of Thursday, January 31, 2018. I sincerely apologize for the shipping rate increase but is beyond my control.
If you are an INTERNATIONAL BUYER, please contact me prior to checkout so I can look up the correct postage for your particular country. Sometimes there are issues with the customs agency of your country, so expect that there might possibly be a delay in delivery of your item. Please note, once a package leaves the United States, there is nothing I can really do to find out exactly where your package might be. If there is an issue, please use the customs number I provided with your order and contact your country's customs agency to find out when you may expect to receive your item.
Additionally, for both domestic and international orders, please understand that I cannot be held responsible for incorrectly delivered packages, stolen packages or items lost by the United States post office or your country's postal service. In these cases, I will do my best to work with you to locate your package with the tracking number provided by USPS or in international shipping cases the customs number for your package. This also includes items being returned to me for refunds or exchanges as well.
Most of my jewelry is inexpensive so insurance is not necessary however some more expensive items, ie. emeralds, ruby, tanzanite, morganite and sapphires, & some of the vintage coins must be insured. PLEASE NOTE: Insurance and tracking fees have already been calculated in the shipping costs you see posted for any items requiring insurance. All items with a value over $100 will be insured for both the buyer's and seller's protection.
Returns & exchanges
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Thank you for taking the time to read and understand my shop policies.
All the best!
All items purchased from my shop carry a 30 day warranty. Any item found to be damaged within 30 days of original receipt date will either be replaced (if possible) or a refund given for the full purchase price including shipping costs.
PLEASE NOTE: Items that are deemed to be damaged by improper handling or cleaning on the part of the purchaser are not covered under this warranty.
It is highly advised that you inspect your gemstone or jewelry piece very carefully immediately upon receipt because after the thirty day warranty period expires from the original receipt date, I cannot issue any refunds or exchanges for any purchase of any kind. This is in part due to the large number of attempted scams that force me to strictly adhere to this policy.
I have included some tips and pointers below to aid you in taking better care of your merchandise and specific cleaning techniques to help minimize potential damage occurring to your jewelry or gems.
Many of my gemstone jewelry items can be fragile if not protected from knocks and bumps due to their hardness scores on the Moh's scale. Care must be taken by the buyer to protect against damage especially rings as they are the type of jewelry most susceptible to damage and softer, more brittle gemstones, for example, opals and gemstones with lower Moh's numbers.
Care must also be taken when cleaning certain gemstones. Never use ANY harsh chemicals or ultrasonic cleaning on ANY items purchased from my shop. Using plain mild soap and warm water with an ultra soft toothbrush is the best cleaning method. This will help avoid damage to the gemstones used in creating some of my jewelry items and the gemstones themselves.
If you have any additional questions on how to take care of and protect your specific gemstone or jewelry piece, please do not hesitate to contact me. I would be more than happy to share my knowledge with you.
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