Opals For Spring!

OpalsOpals are one of the most versatile gemstones out there. They come in many colors: clear through white, gray, black, red, orange, green, blue, magenta, pink, brown and varying hues in between. Opals come in variations of optical density as well, from completely opaque to semi-transparent.

The majority of opals come from Australia, which produces about 97% of the world’s opal supply. Unlike many other gemstones, opal does not occur in lengthy veins or in diamond-like concentrations. Small clusters of gem-quality opal are usually scattered with many miles in between them. The principal reason they are found at all seems to be just luck.

There are many types of opal. Many people have heard of fire opals, which are transparent and come in shades of yellow, orange, and red. While many colors may be semi-transparent, translucent, or opaque, opals that are pink in color are almost exclusively opaque. Generally, they are light to medium-light in hue. Pink opals are part of the common opal family, whose common characteristics include opaqueness and a light, glossy-like sheen on the surface.

In celebration of the spring season, Secret Sapphire has started carrying a new collection, Liv Haley. Liv Haley embodies “Simple. Sophisticated. Jewelry.” The collection is comprised of earrings, necklaces, and rings where the pastel-colored gemstones are the showpiece. Simple and elegant, the cocktail rings are sure to complement any style. A few of these rings carried at Secret Sapphire are made of pink and white opal, set in gold vermeil. Come down to 493 Davie St. in Vancouver to take a look.