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Opal: Queen of gems

"Opal" originates from the Latin word "opalus", literally "to gather the essence of every gem into one". The ancient Romans called opal the "queen of gems" because it encompasses the colors of all the other gems. To ancient Romans, opal symbolized hope and purity, and is a gift granted by heaven in bolts of lightning that unfold "nature's fireworks" before one's eyes. "Nature's fireworks" is the charm of opal as there is a shimmering prism inside the stone in a variety of colors. This is the unique quality of opal - exceptional play-of-color.

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Synthetic Opal

Synthetic opal (GIA: Polymer Impregnated Synthetic Opal) takes about a year to grow in laboratory and is similar in properties to natural opal. The main difference is that the process that forms natural opal is sped up in the laboratory when producing synthetic opal. Laboratory-grown opal (lab-grown opal) is a beautiful stone with perfect color vibrancy - revealing the beauty of precious opal.

The brilliance of impregnated synthetic opal is grown layer by layer, and this takes time. The patterns of brilliance are unified yet unique, making every stone special. Synthetic impregnated opal has more texture than other man-made opals, imitating the iridescence of the natural stone in all its glory.

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The potential of synthetic opal

Natural opal is known for its unique display of flashing rainbow colors called play-of-color. There are two broad classes of opal: precious and common. Precious opal displays play-of-color, common opal does not. Only a tiny percentage of opal in the world can be classified as precious opal.
The scarcity and the high price of precious opal have limited its development. Natural opal is very sensitive to changes in temperature. They also have a crazing tendency. They “craze” or develop cracks as they dehydrate. Synthetic opal does not have cracking or crazing problems and thus,offsets these shortcomings of natural opal, and further demonstrates the beautiful color change in different forms. The rich color pattern and the diverse cutting features of synthetic opal also create many creative design possibilities.

Synthetic opal has better conditions than natural opal to meet market demand and have a sustainable development prospect. Its popularity and commercial value have made it a favorable choice for designers.

"Play of colors" to be a new highlight

There is a never-ending quest for gemstone's sparkle. The emergence of a variety of synthetic gemstone has further realized everyone's pursuit of beauty. Synthetic opal has a “play of colors” effect, which highly differentiates it from other kinds of synthetic gemstone; therefore, it is going to be a new trend in the fashion jewelry industry.