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Opal Doublets

Opal doublets are composite gemstones created by combining a thin slice of precious opal with a backing material, typically a dark-colored stone, glass, or resin. This process enhances the opal's play-of-color, making it appear brighter and more vibrant than solid opals of the same thickness. To ensure the longevity and beauty of opal doublet jewelry, proper care and maintenance are essential:

1. Gentle Cleaning: Clean your opal doublet jewelry regularly with a soft, damp cloth to remove dirt and oils. Avoid using abrasive materials or harsh chemicals, as they can damage the opal's delicate surface and affect the bond between the opal and the backing.
2. Avoid Water Immersion: Opal doublets are sensitive to moisture. To prevent potential damage, remove your jewelry before swimming, showering, or engaging in activities that could expose it to prolonged contact with water.
3. Avoid Extreme Temperatures: Opal doublets can be sensitive to extreme temperature changes. Store your jewelry away from direct sunlight, and avoid exposing it to extreme heat or cold, as this can cause the opal to expand or contract, potentially leading to cracks.
4. Minimize Impact: Opal doublets are not as durable as solid opals. Be cautious and avoid activities that could cause the stone to be bumped or knocked, as this can lead to chipping or separation of the layers.
5. Store Separately: Store opal doublet jewelry separately from other pieces to prevent scratching. Place them in a soft pouch or a padded jewelry box.