I had heard from a number of people/hosts that opals require water. I had heard Shivan say one time that she keeps a vial of water in with her opals. Where do you get these vials?
My Mom always kept her opal jewelry in a small jar of baby oil.
I recall hearing on another channel approx 15 years ago you should put a tiny dab of olive oil
on a finger tip and massage it into the opal. I don’t recall how often to do this so I’ve not done
it with any regularilty but when I do remember to do it (approx once a year), the opals really
I’ve read up on this…opals are mostly porous stones, full of air pockets and subject to drying and cracking. But everything I read mentioned MINIMUM moisture..like a damp cotton ball. No more than that. It’s for LONG TERM storage, like in a safety deposit box or safe that a moisture vial is suggested…where normal humidity in the air cannot reach the stones. I too would be very concerned about exposing my silver and other metals to long term moisture.
I have never heard that opals should be stored with moisture. One thing I would be concerned about with storing set opals with moisture (water) is tarnishing of the metal. Especially if the stones are set in vermeil or sterling. I have an opal that is 30 years old, set i n gold, and is kept in an anti-tarnish jewelry box. What is water supposed to do to opals?
Thank you so much Kemo1942 and Kim/Manager for the info about opals. I am so shocked about opals requiring water. Could promise you that I was told many years ago that not to get your opals wet….huh? I my son just recently purchased an Etheopian opal (a new finding opal) for his girlfriend. With the GREAT INFO that ya’ll have given me I am going to have to tell her about storing the opal in plastic bag with damp cloth…..very interesting. Thanx again!!!!!
Hi Kemo1942, the vial can be any small container, preferably glass and just add the water. Another option would be to store your opal jewelry in a plastic bag with a damp cloth. Hope this helps.
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