Articles tagged #OPAL
Gemstone Index: Moonstone
Moonstone Gemstone Beads: With its ghostly glow, this feldspar stone almost seems magical. High-quality rainbow moonstone is usually chatoyant and sometimes displays a strong cat's eye. The floating-light phenomenon and sheen of moonstone are called adularescence or schiller. The light is scattered by alternating layers of two kinds of feldspar and produces a misty luster of white, dull yellow, yellow-gray or greenish-gray. The stone's main color also comes in shades of peach and gray. The Romans thought moonstone was formed out of moonlight and began wearing it in jewelry around 100 A.D. The gemstone has always been considered sacred in India, and Europeans of the Middle Ages thought by looking into a moonstone, you would fall into a deep sleep and see the future.
Have It Your Way | Earrings Tutorial
There are so many options with these components: Both colors of Bello (manmade) opals are beautiful and full of fire, or you can sub your favorite gemstone charm or beaded drop, or make bespoke birthstone jewelry. I went with mixed metals, but you could use all gold, or switch to all silver if using sterling charms. The cascading links are technically stacking rings (for your fingers).
Gemstone Index: Opal
Opal beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contain 6 - 10% water. Because of this, opal jewelry components should be protected from heat and strong light. Make sure to keep your opal beads away from detergents, ultrasonic cleaners, metal polish, acids and strong solvents. Common opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both are hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide. Birthstones for October include Opal, Rose Zircon and Pink Tourmaline. Bello Opal...
Some birth months and Zodiac signs have a dizzying variety of jewelry-making options to choose from; others just have one classic birthstone / color. To keep it (relatively) simple, we're sticking with the most-popular traditional birthstones in the US & the UK. January: Garnet (Red) | February: Amethyst (Purple) | March: Aquamarine (Light Blue) & Bloodstone | April: Diamond & Rock Crystal Quartz (Clear) | May: Emerald (Green) & Chrysoprase | June: Alexandrite, Pearl, & Moonstone | July: Ruby & Carnelian | August: Peridot & Sardonyx | September: Sapphire & Lapis Lazuli | October: Rose Zircon, Opal & Pink Tourmaline | November: Golden Topaz & Citrine | December: Blue Zircon, Tanzanite & Turquoise