I have replied to those people who responded to me directly. I also
want to let everyone know that the most fitting explanation of what
I was dealing with is that the opal is a type called Hydrophane.
I've not yet read the Orchid Archives for more but am
looking forward to it. I've been told that Hydrophane opals lose
their color when wet. It seems like the only explanation for the
fact that when I posted my question the opal was totally
dead....just a garnet colored cabochon with no flash of color
within. Two hours later it looked flashy and bright. Another hour
passed and it was perfect.
My customer picked up the ring on friday evening and was thrilled. I
am looking forward to reading about Hydrophane opal. I've given the
customer on how to care for her opal but now I wonder if
there is more to know and share with her about this stone.
Ever since I started making jewelry, I've known I'll never "know it
all" and sometimes I'll learn the hard way. This is the thing I hate
about working with customers and their stones versus doing my own
pieces for gallery sales. I'm thankful that this situation turned
I really do appreciate all the responses I received from Orchid