There are many different types of opals; they vary in appearance depending on the colors they exhibit. The most common opal is the light or white opal, while the rarest and most expensive is the black opal, which displays a brilliant “play of color” or “fire.”
When it comes to cleaning your opals, color has no bearing on cleaning methods. Let’s take a look at how to clean an opal, depending on its jewelry setting.
Soft and Delicate
Opal is a soft, delicate gemstone which scores in the 5.5 to 6.0 range (out of 10) on the Mohs Hardness Scale of minerals. Therefore, special care should be taken against sharp blows and scratches when wearing opal jewelry.
Always remove your opals before doing household chores or other physical tasks where they might be knocked, or exposed to chemicals. Also, it’s a good rule of thumb to apply lotions, hair products and perfumes before putting on your opal jewelry, or any good jewelry, for that matter.
To Dip or Not to Dip?
The best way to clean an opal is with Connoisseurs Dazzle Drops Advanced Jewelry Cleaner…the non-toxic cleaner that makes fresh solution every time; or Delicate Jewelry Cleaner, a longtime Connoisseurs fan-favorite in the classic red jar.
If your opal ring or jewelry has prongs, we recommend using either dip-style cleaner by following the instructions on the package. If your jewelry doesn’t have prongs to hold the opals, they could be set with glue.
To protect against loosening, avoid submerging glue-set opals in cleaning solution or water.
How to clean prong-less opals: 1) wet the brush with jewelry cleaner; 2) carefully brush your jewelry to clean; 3) gently wipe with damp cloth; 4) pat dry with a lint-free cloth.
Like a Jeweler Cleaned It
Here’s to dazzling opals!