New Jewelry Trends – Synthetic Opal Body Jewelry

If you haven’t noticed the rise in opals when it comes to fashion jewelry, you’re probably living under a rock. They’re everywhere!

Opal Gemstone

Opal is a mineral that forms inside the fissures of almost any kind of rock. Precious opals boast almost every color of the spectrum produced by light refracting off of the stone. The quality of the opal depends on the amount of mineral deposits.

Opal Belly Rings

Any deposit not thick enough to be carved into its own stone is combined with a layer of dark material (such as onyx) to make sure that the wide array of colors still show. Of course, as with any precious gem, there are variations. The more pure minerals found in the stone, the higher the price.

Opal Nipple Rings

Studying the way the light refracts in opal has come in handy for developing ways to produce synthetic or imitation gemstones with that same appeal. Taking things a step further, a dominant color can be added to the stones to create a different look than the traditional, “milky” opal. Opalite is a variety of translucent glass or stone that possesses the rainbow effect of opal.

Opal Plugs

The world of body piercing has benefited greatly from this discovery. Synthetic opal provides for a colorful aesthetic that other gemstones just can’t match!

 

Comments

  1. Genise Gregory says:

    I was so overjoyed when I found out opals were becoming more popular for body mod jewelry. My birthstone is opal, and I couldn’t wait to get matching opal jewelry for all 11 of my facial piercings(including 1/2″ stretched ears. )
    It helps that my fiancé works for a local body mod store, and even my engagement ring is an opal and diamond butterfly embellishment.

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