Opals & Gemstones

Opal and Chakras - A look at the New Age phenomenon

Disclaimer: Before we dive headlong into the relationship between opals and chakra points it’s important to highlight a couple of notes— crystallography, also known as the science of crystals, and chakra points are what is commonly referred to as pseudo-science or fringe science. In essence, it means that it is based on beliefs, traditions and spirituality, not - and pardon the pun - stone-cold facts. 


Opals have had a somewhat vertiginous relationship with everything related to spirituality. A relationship that has seen a hike during the past few years mainly due to the New Age movement. Why is that? What makes them so unique? Why do they attract such an open-minded subset? Why are they so alluring? Well, stick around and get ready as we explore the thaumaturgical nature of opals and their power over chakra points.


The allure and seductive nature of opals?

 

Opals have always been exotic gems — in antiquity, they were far more valuable and fascinating than diamonds and rubies. To what extent? To the point that many

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How Do You Properly Care for Opal?

Many people are drawn to the mystical flash of color for which opal rings are so well-known. They’re deliciously complex, yet surprisingly neutral which makes them the perfect companion for many other gemstones.

Australian opal has become more popular and has increased in value over the past decade. In fact, it is one of the most popular colored gemstones today.

Striations of Love Pipe Opal and Diamond Gold Ring by NIXIN
Striations of Love Pipe Opal and Diamond Gold Ring by NIXIN

Whether you own a solid opal, doublet, or triplet, or are ready to shop for one, it’s important to learn how to take care of them so you can enjoy them for years to come. Opals are softer and more porous than other gems, but they can last a lifetime with the proper opal care and attention. 

Solid opal care guidelines

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How Is Opal Formed?

Have you ever wondered about the science behind the splendor? How those incredible shifting rainbows are created inside of stone? Opals are formed from a mineral known as silica, specifically hydrated amorphous silica. Silica is a common mineral found in soil, sand, granite, concrete, rock, and many other natural materials. Hydrated amorphous silica simply means that opal has a high water content.

Opal is found in many places like Brazil, Mexico, Honduras, and the Western US, however Australia produces 95% of the world’s precious opal. NIXIN Jewelry sources nearly all of our precious opal from Australia, working with material like

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