Ever wondered about the distinctions between opal, synthetic opal, opalite, and moonstone? While they might seem alike, each of these materials has its own unique characteristics. Let's dive in and learn more!
The Magic of Opal
Opal, a precious gemstone, is truly exceptional. It forms naturally and is mostly found in Australia, Ethiopia, and even Nevada. Despite its gemstone status, opal is classified as a mineraloid because it's composed of silica and water that seeped into rocks and solidified over millions of years. Precious opal, the type commonly used in jewelry, exhibits a mesmerizing play of colors that shifts and dances in the light.
It's important to note that there's also synthetic opal (shown below), which is manmade and often more affordable.
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Now, let's talk about opalite. Unlike opal, opalite is entirely manmade and crafted from glass. Its milky white appearance transforms with blue and peach undertones based on lighting conditions. Opalite goes by various names like argenon, sea opal, and opalized glass. Be cautious, as it's sometimes misleadingly referred to as opal moonstone.
Here's where things get interesting. Moonstone is a feldspar known for its hues that range from milky white to gray. Polished moonstone often showcases chatoyancy, a captivating cat's-eye effect.
But wait, there's more: rainbow moonstone is a variety of labradorite that boasts stunning blue, orange, or rainbow flashes. Rainbow moonstone's resemblance to labradorite isn't coincidental—it's actually a type of labradorite, sometimes even referred to as 'white labradorite.'
Clarifying the Confusion
We hope this breakdown has helped clear up any confusion between these captivating stones and glass. At Bodyartforms, we strive to provide clarity, so you always know what you're getting. And if you're ever unsure, don't hesitate to reach out to us!
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