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How To Clean Opals And Opal Care

Posted by BBBGEM on Aug 8th 2019

How To Clean Opals And Opal Care

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Different types of opals require different cleaning methods. To determine what kind of opal you have, look at it from the side.

What's your opal types?


  • Doublets - Doublet opals consist of two layers, a thin slice of opal and a black backing. The slice of opal is cemented to the backing in order to enhance the color.
  • Triplets - Similar to doublets, triplets also include a third transparent layer on the top (quartz or glass) to protect the opal and give it a rounder shape.
  • Solid Opal - Natural solid opal which has only been cut and polished.

FAQ :

How do you take proper care of your opal rings? What's the easiest way of taking care of opal? Exactly what is a doublet? Exactly what is a triplet? How to clean my opal? What should I do if my opal gets wet?

Because opal is one of my favorite stones, we love to tell our customers about the best way to care for their opals, Let them still enjoy the beauty of them and precious gems after many years. here is a simple guide from BBBGEM to care opal, and please send us an email for those who have any queries.

  • Cleaning a Pure Opal step by step
  • 1. Place 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) of warm water in a small bowl
  • 2. Submerge the ring into the soapy solution.
  • 3. Wet a soft cloth with the solution and gently wipe down the ring.
  • 4. Dry your ring with a soft, dry cloth.
  • Cleaning Wiping Down a Doublet or Triplet Opal
  • 1. Fill a small bowl with 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) of warm water.
  • 2. Wet a soft cloth with the solution and gently wipe down the ring
  • 3. Rinse your cloth and wipe the ring down again
  • 4. Dry your ring with a soft, dry cloth.
  • How To Care For Opals
  • 1 Clean your opal ring every few months to prevent buildup of dirt and oils,
  • 2Avoid all chemical and mechanical cleansing methods
  • 3 Never use your nails to scrap at the opal. This will lead to scratches on the surface of the stone.
  • 4 Store your opal ring somewhere safe

  • Solid opal should be cleaned gently with mild detergent in warm water and a soft toothbrush or cloth. Avoid bleach, chemicals and cleaners.
    Never allow anyone to clean your opal in an ultrasonic cleaner, as the intense vibrations may cause cracking in a solid opal, and water penetration in a doublet or triplet.

    Caring for your Opal
    Solid Opals - Opal is a soft stone, approximately the same hardness as glass (around 6.5 on Moh's hardness scale), so it is important to treat your opal carefully in order to avoid damaging it. Remove your opal jewellery if there is a chance it will be scratched or broken
    (i.e. working in the garden, moving furniture, etc.)

    Many people believe solid opals can be damaged by water - however, this only applies to doublets and triplets. Solid opals are fine in water. In fact, most precious opals contain about 5-6% water. As a result, opal may crack if subjected to very dry conditions or rapid changes in temperature. Try to avoid very high temperatures or low humidity extremes, such as boiling water or zero humidity bank vaults.

    Doublets & Triplets - Caring for doublets or triplets is a little different to caring for solid opals. Because doublets and triplets consist of multiple layers glued together, prolonged exposure to water will eventually cause lifting between the layers and the infiltration of water.
    A doublet or triplet will take on a 'foggy' or grey appearance if this happens. This does not mean your opal will be ruined if you wear it in the shower once, or are caught in the rain. It takes prolonged exposure to cause water damage to a doublet or triplet.

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