• Cristina Taranu

Uber Confessions

I took this picture in an Uber on my way to the the store. The bright sunlight makes theses beautiful opals shine. They have so much fire and magic in them, I’d rather stare at them than look outside the window. So taking pictures while I do that is ideal.

Opal is one of the most spectacular gemstones. A single stone can flash every color of the spectrum with an intensity and quality of color that can surpass the fire of diamond.

Most of the precious opal deposits that have been discovered are in Australia. Historically, mines in Australia have produced at least 90% of the world's precious opal. However, a new challenger has emerged in Ethiopia, where several new deposits of untested size are now producing extremely attractive opals of unique beauty.

Opals mined in Ethiopia began entering the gem and jewelry market in 1994. They originated from a discovery made in the Menz Gishe District in the northern part of the Shewa Province. The most important opal discovery in Ethiopia to date was made in 2008 near the town of Wegel Tena in the Wollo Province in the northern part of the country. This opal is celebrated for its spectacular rainbow-like hues which vary with lighting or angle of observation. It displays the liveliest play of color and fire and often this vivid frolic of colors infuse an entire piece.

Opal is considered an October birthstone. Some people think it’s unlucky for anyone born in another month to wear an opal. But that particular superstition comes from a novel written in the 1800s (Anne of Geierstein by Sir Walter Scott), and not from any ancient belief or experience. In fact, throughout most of history, opal has been regarded as the luckiest and most magical of all gems because it can show all colors.

Wearing the 5 Opal Ring and the White Topaz Opal Ring stacked together. More is more and I like it. Both rings are available online and at our NYC locations.

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