How to Clean & Care for Opal

The Gorgeous October Birthstone Requires Special Care

October’s birthstone, Opal is known for its magnificent color as well as its extreme fragility. Opal is a gorgeous compliment to any piece of jewelry and knowing how to properly care for it will not only protect its beauty but will prolong its life.

Tips to Care for Opal – Very Important

  • Opal is highly susceptible to dehydration. If you live in an area with dry climate, your opal is at greater risk of being stripped of its necessary water. Try storing your opal in a small airtight bag with a wet cloth or cotton ball to prevent dehydration.
  • Opals are very sensitive to temperature change. Since we are heading into the cooler winter months, it is a good idea to keep your opal concealed under clothing when entering and exiting a warm car or house. According to gemsociety.org, one woman, “heard an audible crack” while exposing her opal to sudden temperature change.
  • Opals are very fragile therefore susceptible to scratches. Use only mild cleaners and non-abrasive cloths when cleaning the surface of your opal stone.
  • Remember to remove opal rings or other jewelry when washing your hands or taking a shower. Opals are absorbent and can become damaged by household chemicals such as dish soap or shampoo.

Blitz Delicate Gem & Pearl Cleaner is the BEST for Opal Care!

Delicate Gem and Pearl CleanerNow that you know a little bit about how to protect your opal ring or accessory, we can recommend a cleaner that is perfect for opal’s delicate surface. Blitz Delicate Gem & Pearl Cleaner is a unique non-toxic cleaner formulated for the special care of emeralds, coral, onyx, opals, turquoise, tiger-eye, lapis, pearls, and other soft or porous gemstone jewelry. Shake well and place your jewelry in the included basket and immerse in the liquid. Replace the cap and gently agitate for no more than one minute. DO NOT IMMERSE YOUR OPAL JEWELRY IN THE LIQUID IF YOUR STONES ARE LOOSE OR GLUED!! Use the included brush to clean hard to reach settings. Dry the jewelry using a non-abrasive and lint free cloth such as the Blitz Screen Clean Jewelry Sheen Microfiber Cloth for opal jewelry.  If you are interested in purchasing Delicate Gem & Pearl Cleaner for your opal jewelry, click the link to be redirected to the Delicate Gem & Pearl Cleaner product page at blitzinc.com where you can purchase now!

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