STONE: Precious Opal
🦖These stones began forming when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. They are the composite of thousands of years of mineral silicate build-up.
💧As water dripped beneath the Earth's surface, sometimes it would pick up mineral-rich silicates from other rocks on the way down.
💔If conditions were right, these silicates would begin forming tiny spherical deposits, layer by later, in the the nooks and crannies of other rocks. They would start to form the colorful opals we would later dig up! Each of these little spheres refract the light differently, causing these pops of colors within the mineral silicate!
🌈 Depending on the ecological conditions of when/where these silica deposits formed, they would have different colors.
Raw opals have some rough grey patches because those are the boundaries of the cracks within which the opal formed!
Note: Raw opals are a bit delicate, and while the prongs may protect them against some indirect force, they should not be worn at times when they may get smacked around, dinged, or wet. (Please do not wear these at the gym, for example.)