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How To Care For Opals
如何照顧蛋白石
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So you have just spent a significant amount of money on your Opals and now you want to know how to care for opals. Here are some handy tips, broken down by specific Opal types, that will keep your Opal bright for a lifetime.

General Tips For All Opals

  1. Clean them using warm soapy water and a soft brush.
  2. Avoid ultrasonic cleaners and chemical cleaners
  3. Some rare types of opals, like Tintenbar Opals, should be kept in water to avoid cracking. More on this below.
  4. Avoid wearing Opal Jewelry in areas that have a harsh environment. This includes gardening or doing the dishes.

Australia Opals

Australian Black OpalThere is a common misconception that oil or household liquids can damage Australian opals. At present there are no known compounds that can penetrate a solid Australian opal. The only exception to this is Matrix Opal which is porous. Another myth is that you should soak your opal in water. It doesn’t need this and it will not enhance it as a solid opal is impervious to this. It will not harm the stone so if you feel like doing it go ahead. Thin Opals should be set in a pendant and not a ring to improve the durability. I have had a bezel set Opal ring for 20 years and wear it all the time. Every two or three years I have to re polish which I can do leaving it in the ring.

When set in jewellery the stone should be protected and not protrude out. Opals don’t like to be stored away for years in a safe or exposed to strong sunlight. To clean your opal just use a soft brush or cloth and mild detergent. Don’t clean it in a ultra sound as you can damage the stone. To view your opal at its best indoors the natural light should come over your shoulder. Have your back to a window or door and view your opal.

SHOP FOR AUSTRALIAN BLACK OPAL

Opal Doublets And Triplets

Opal Doublets and Opal Triplets are not natural opals. They have been treated and glued together. It is not recommended to soak them in water. Triplets can lift after time. These days they use a UV light which glues them together creating a more stable Opal. Clean with a soft cloth with mild detergent.

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Ethiopian Opals

This is what the GIA in American said about Ethiopian Opal “This is opal from the Welo region of Ethiopia. It is mainly Hydrophane in that it absorbs water and can change colour. To determine if the opal is hydrophane wet your hand and place it on the top of the Opal. If it sticks to your hand it is hydrophane. Stones will change colour when wet but will return back later. Don’t dry them out under strong lights.

SHOP FOR ETHIOPIAN OPALS

Nodule Opal

Also called brown opal. This material is more prone to crazing but they make stunning specimens with electric neon colours. This material can be stabilized and should be cleaned using warm soapy water only.

Virgin Valley Opal - USA

American Opal is a type of crystal opal that has a high water content. It is prone to crazing. Some wood replacement opal make great specimens and appear stable. Many of the miners do treat these crystal stones. For long life of these Opals it is recommend to keep these Opals in water.

Mexican Opals

Mexican Opal needs the same care as Australian opal. Some natural stones have matrix around them which can absorb fluids and discolour the matrix. Clean the stone with a mild detergent.

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所以你剛剛在你的蛋白石上花了很多錢,現在你想知道如何照顧蛋白石。這裡有一些方便的提示,按特定的蛋白石類型細分,這將使您的蛋白石保持一生的光明。

所有蛋白石的一般提示

  1. 使用溫肥皂水和軟刷清潔它們。
  2. 避免使用超聲波清潔劑和化學清潔劑
  3. 一些罕見的蛋白石,如Tintenbar蛋白石 ,應保存在水中,以避免開裂。更多關於此的信息。
  4. 避免在惡劣環境中佩戴蛋白石首飾。這包括園藝或做菜。

澳大利亞蛋白石

澳大利亞黑蛋白石人們普遍存在一種誤解,即油或家用液體會損害澳大利亞蛋白石。目前,沒有已知的化合物可以滲透固體澳大利亞蛋白石。唯一的例外是Matrix Opal ,它是多孔的。另一個誤解是你應該將蛋白石浸泡在水中。它不需要這個,它不會增強它,因為堅固的蛋白石不受此影響。它不會傷害石頭,所以如果你想這樣做繼續下去。薄型蛋白石應設置在吊墜而不是戒指中,以提高耐用性。我有一個表圈鑲嵌蛋白石戒指 20年,並一直佩戴它。每隔兩三年,我必須重新拋光,我可以將它留在戒指中。

當鑲嵌在珠寶中時,石頭應該受到保護而不會突出。蛋白石不喜歡在保險箱中存放多年或暴露在強烈的陽光下。要清潔蛋白石,只需使用軟刷或布和溫和的清潔劑。不要用超聲波清潔它,因為你可能會損壞石頭。要在室內觀看最好的蛋白石,自然光會照在你的肩膀上。背對著窗戶或門,看看你的蛋白石。

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蛋白石雙峰和三胞胎

蛋白石雙峰蛋白石三胞胎不是天然蛋白石。它們經過處理和粘合在一起。不建議將它們浸泡在水中。三胞胎可以提升一段時間。這些天他們使用紫外線將它們膠合在一起,形成更穩定的蛋白石。用柔軟的布和溫和的清潔劑清潔。

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埃塞俄比亞蛋白石

這就是美國GIA對埃塞俄比亞蛋白石的評論 “這是來自埃塞俄比亞Welo地區的蛋白石。它主要是Hydrophane,它吸收水分並可以改變顏色。為了確定蛋白石是否含有氫氣,請將手弄濕並將其放在蛋白石頂部。如果它粘在你的手上,它就是氫化物。石頭在潮濕時會變色,但會在以後返回。不要在強光下將它們弄乾。

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結節蛋白石

也稱為棕色蛋白石。這種材料更容易開裂,但它們可以製作出具有電子霓虹色的令人驚嘆的標本。這種材料可以穩定,只能用溫肥皂水清洗。

Virgin Valley蛋白石 - 美國

美國蛋白石是一種含水量高的水晶蛋白石。它很容易開裂。一些木材替代蛋白石製作出很好的標本,看起來很穩定許多礦工都會對待這些水晶石。對於這些蛋白石的長壽命,建議將這些蛋白石保存在水中。

墨西哥蛋白石

墨西哥蛋白石需要與澳大利亞蛋白石一樣的護理。一些天然石頭周圍有基質,可以吸收液體並使基質變色。用溫和的清潔劑清潔石頭。

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