Although the science of Opals is not something I fully understand, I think the little knowledge I have about Opals lets me appreciate Opal jewelry in a different way. According to ehow.com,
“Opals are formed when a mineraloid gel mixed with water begins to dry. A mineraloid gel is a mixture of minerals and chemicals that does not contain any crystals. The gel will not crystallize when it dries; instead it will harden and create another type of stone. For opals, as the mixture dries it leaves behind a rigid structure of silica that will be able to refract and diffuse light. Opals are considered precious gems when the gel has less than 10 percent of water left in the structure. This means that the gel has hardened enough and will not change shape any more.”
All that still seems like mumbo jumbo to me but one word that stuck out to me was “mineraloid”. A mineraloid is a ‘naturally occurring, inorganic material that is amorphous and is therefore not considered to be a mineral. Also known as gel mineral.’
AMORPHOUS!! … synonym for words like formless, shapeless and unstructured. To me the Opal represents a preciousness that is so amazing that it cannot be defined simply! The opal is the freedom to be whatever you want to be against stereotypes and societal judgement. As you think about ways to show people you support and care for their lifestyles, choices and so on, consider the beautiful, strong and free opal; a gem that keeps the mystery alive.
BTW!! FUN FACT: The Opal is the birthstone of October (holla to all my fellow October babies, we kick ass!) and is titled “The Queen of Gems”.
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Johnson, Sophie. “Opal Facts.” EHow. Demand Media, 02 June 2009. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ehow.com/about_5066366_opal.html>.
“Mineraloid.” TheFreeDictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/mineraloid>.
Smith, Brittany. “How Are Opals Formed?” EHow. Demand Media, 15 Apr. 2009. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4911640_how-opals-formed.html>.