Opal

Why We Love This Gemstone

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.”

 

The name “opal” originates from the Greek word opallios, which meant “to see a change in color.” The Roman scholar Pliny used the word opalus when he wrote about this gemstone’s kaleidoscopic “play” of rainbow colors that could simulate shades of any stone.

Opal’s characteristic “play-of-color” was explained in the 1960s, when scientists discovered that it’s composed of microscopic silica spheres that diffract light to display various colors of the rainbow. These flashy gemstones are called “precious opals;” those without play-of-color are “common opals.”

Dozens of opal varieties exist, but only a few (like Fire Opal and Boulder Opal) are universally recognized. Opals are often referred to by their background “body color”—black or white.

Opal’s classic country of origin is Australia. Seasonal rains soaked the parched Outback, carrying silica deposits underground into cracks between layers of rock. When the water evaporated, these deposits formed opal. Sometimes, silica seeped into spaces around wood, seashells and skeletons, resulting in opalized fossils.

 Source: https://www.americangemsociety.org/page/opaloverview

 

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March 20, 2020 – Please Note

COVID-19 UPDATE 3-20-20

This is a difficult time for all of us and we can appreciate that many of our friends and family are struggling, as we begin the fight to eradicate this virus spreading throughout our great country. I have no doubt we will persevere and become stronger and closer to each other when this crisis passes, as we have done before. Please know if you have left any valuables with us, we have secured them and will reach out to you in the near future. Our District Manager, Noreen, will be available to answer your questions via email at nbsky@aol.com. Calls to our stores will be forwarded to Noreen as well, so we can stay in touch. Noreen can be reached directly at 516-780-3925. After 42 years of uninterrupted service to the community we are saddened to close under State Order but we believe it is the right decision as we had already come to this conclusion on our own. This will allow our staff to stay home and we encourage you to do the same. We all have family members we care and worry about.

We hope you will remain healthy and we are looking forward to re-opening and seeing you again soon!

Bob, Joy and the Diamond Jewelers Team

Robert Borneman, President Diamond Jewelers