An Opal Triplet is so named because it has three components: a thin slice of crystal Opal sandwiched between a clear top layer and a black backing. The top layer is normally quartz or glass while the backing can be Black potch or man made resin.
Opal Triplets are cut with a very thin wire blade. The cutting machine has a metal block about 4 inches long with approximately 100 fine cutting wires which are extremely thin.
Most Australian opal triplets are made from rough opal from South Australian opal fields from famous opal fields in Cooper Pedy.
This opal is formed as seam opal so the crystal is ideal to make into triplets as many other opal fields have knobby opal and very difficult to make in to triplets.
Today seam opal with god fire now sells for thousands per ounce, as it can be cut into solid opals or inlayed as well as doublets and triplets. Unless new opal fields are found the triplets will be smaller than in past
The black backing greatly enhances the fire colour of the Opal layer, while the clear top protects the Opal. For this reason, gem Opal Triplets make good ring stones. They can last 20 years with just an occasional polish by a jeweler. It is not recommended that gem Opal Triplets get wet, so you’ll want to wear gloves when washing dishes. There are several glues used to join opal to the base and today Ultraviolet light is used to join opal to its base, and is very secure.
Older triplets had two-part resin mixture and this is very good but depends on person mixing the two parts equally.
The top of the triplet can be Pyrex , quartz or plastic. Most triplets made in 1980 were quartz caps but is rare these days.
It is easy to polish the tops as after years they might scratch but any jeweller can easy polish
Opal triplets wholesale are offered in opal triplet parcel lots for the opal trade buyers
Opal Triplet jewelry offers the brilliant colour of a solid Opal at only a fraction of the cost. Many triplets feature stunning fire colours and patterns.
Many people ask how long will a triplet opal last in a ring. We always recommend a buyer does not keep the ring on while washing the dishes or going swimming as over time the glue may give way and the Opal layer may loose its sheen. With a little bit of care your Opal triplet jewelry will last for years. We have seen many over the years that have been worn every day in great condition.
As triplet opals are easy to match they do make ideal opal triplet earrings or set matching pendant and earrings and with rising process of opal it is an ideal entry point to start enjoying opals. Or you can purchase a top gem quality opal triplet for fraction price of a gem and lot people do not know what a triplet opal is.
Opal Triplets are just as strong as a solid opal but because they have been ‘glued’ together with a backing piece of Ironstone it is important not to clean your piece of jewelry with ultrasonic cleaners or strong chemicals. Simply wipe over with a damp cloth.
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