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🔸This post will help you to know what to expect when you buy a natural opal particularly black opal, so you avoid unnecessary disappointment when you receive your item, because “BLACK OPALS DON’T SHINE” and are not supposed to.
🔸 Each Opal is very unique and special. Just like you are. That’s why we love them.
🔸 As much as they are beautiful natural opals are extremely difficult to represent objectively on photos and sometimes on video as well. This can result in a potential dissatisfaction on behalf of a customer because they might have different expectations from their purchase, because opals are such tricky chameleons.
🔸Please keep this in mind when you are looking through the available items, because the item you will receive WILL definitely look different from the listing photos, which is ABSOLUTELY NORMAL. Even if the two opals have the same quality and brightness - they still will offer their own unique way of interacting with the light, which is what defines the Opal and gives it its "personality". Most listings contain photos of a few very similar opals unless indicated otherwise. You will receive an opal that looks very very close to the ones pictured in the listing photos.
🔸 Black opals are PREDOMINATELY DARK gemstones and wont appear as bright as the listing photos due to their dark overall base tone, but the play of color will come to life during movement as the stone interacts with different lighting settings and you can see it from various angles. To see the best play of color in your opal please take it to direct light source such as a table lamp and enjoy the transformation.
🔸 I highly recommend viewing video clips from my extensive video gallery. It is much easier to see the true nature of any Opal by viewing it in motion - not just seeing still images, so you can see the play of color in real life - this will help you with noticing how much light angle affects the fire visibility in a black opal and how the stone never stops changing its colors, so a photograph represents one snapshot in time when there are millions of color combinations are possible to see in a single stone and each will be slightly different from one another.
🔸 What we call the “fire” in an opal is actually a refracted light, which goes through its complex inner structure to produce that unique dance of light and color - in some ways an opal functions as a funky kind of mirror and reflects what appears in its view by turning the regular light into a burst of flashing colors.The brighter the light around an opal the more it will be able to reflect the colors back at you (as long as it has the fire within it) and it will always be changing and sparkling following every subtle movement. To capture this living and swirling motion on a still photo is impossible, so in order to show you the real play of color in each opal I have to manipulate the lighting around it and create the most optimal environment for showing each opal’s best potential and try to reveal all of the colors it has inside at once. You will be able to see the same play of color under a lamp, but not in a space with limited light, because opals do not show all of their colors at once like they are shown on many of my photos. I have to be able to take photos of a gemstone, whose beauty is so elusive unless you create specific conditions for it to open all of its magnificent beauty visible on a few photos. Without special lighting you would never get to see and appreciate this gemstone beyond its modest colors seen under natural light.
🔸Please keep in mind that variations between the listing images and the actual item are inevitable because of the opal's very nature.
🔸 Since I’m working with natural gemstones, which are cut by hand and not by machines, some stones might have slight irregularities in their shape, which are not noticeably affecting the overall appearance of the jewelry. Some very small inclusions or tiny imperfections are also sometimes present within a natural opal, but they are so small, that they are not visible with the naked eye. Occasionally there might be a tiny scratch that is visible only under magnifying glass or a tiny spot on the side of the stone and I would allow it to be, because of the opal’s overall beauty and rare amazing play of color. Singularly beautiful opals might have tiny imperfections, but their beauty makes up for that, so a tiny spot becomes really insignificant when you look at the whole picture and evaluate the stone itself. I do not use stones with very apparent defects or marks - this either will be mentioned in the description or it can occur due to a mistake or omission, which I will be happy to correct as soon as you bring it to my attention.