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Opal Gems, About Opals

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The gems and jewelry industry has known opal gem stones for many decades. If you still find that many gem and jewelry lovers are not aware of most opal varieties, it is surely the fault of jewelers who have not cared to educate them. The most popular type of opal is the white opal, other opals like blue opals, fire opals and even pink opals are not very well known. Despite the fact that opal stones are mined outside Australia too, the country continues to keep the title of 'The Opal Country'.

When it comes to studying the origin of the name 'opal' two languages take credit for it. The Sanskrit word 'upala' means precious stone and many scholars believe that this was the language that gave opal it's name. Greek also has a word, 'opallios' meaning change of color. A significant number of people believe that the name originated from this Greek word. In any case, this issue is of academic interest and one need not get into serious discussions on the topic. Opal is the October birth stone, you can use a white opal, black opal, green opal, blue opal, fire opal or even a pink opal for your October birthstone ring. The truth however is that, most of the opal gem stone jewels that you come across will be made with white opal gems.

A very interesting charateristic of opal stones are the presence of moisture. An 8 to 10% water content is normal for most opal gemstones. As you will shortly read, the presence of moisture is important for the beauty of the opal. If you look closely at a white opal gemstone, you will notice specks of color flashes. Depending on the quaity of the opal, you might see very few or a substantial number of these color flashing specks. This phenomenon is called the 'play of color' and gemologists refer to it as opalescence. Technically this effect is caused by the moisture shining on tiny silica spheres that are present in an opal. So keep in mind that the silica shperes and the moisture are both responsible for making an opal gem stone attractive. Anything that causes the moisture to dry up will reflect negatively on the beauty of this stone. More information on this topic is covered in the paragraphs (below) talking about caring for your opal jewelry.

We talked about Australia being the main source for opal gems. This however does not mean that all opals are mined in Australia. Certain types of opal are infact not found in Australia at all. As the knowledge of different types of opal gems spreads, stones mined from other mining locations get their due share of publicity. One of these opal varieties is an orange opal called fire opal. Fire opal is an gem that can range in color from a pale yellowish-orange to a deep reddish-orange.  Much of the fire opal that is traded in the gems and jewelry markets is mined in Mexico. Findings of fire opal gemstones have also been found in Brazil but, the color of Brazilian fire opal does not impress as much as fire opals from Mexico.

An interesting opal find has been made in Peru, a country that you least expect to find opals. This opal gem stone is a pale pink gem which is opaque, you can refer to the color of this pale pink opal as a pastel pink shade. Pink opals do not have color flashes or color play, they also show no transparency. The good thing about pink opal stones is that, they can be found in fairly large sizes. It is also possible to get impressive pink opal beads. The favorable price of pink opal stones is what makes it very visible in both, gold and silver opal jewelry.

When talking about caring for and cleaning opals, a few clear suggestions are in order. Do not wear an opal gemstone jewel when doing heavy physical activity. It is best to avoid the gem from getting band or struck by physical impact. Since opals contain a small proportion of moisture, you should avoid doing anything that can destroy or negatively affect the moisture. Heat sources, detergents and utrasonic cleaners is something that you need to keep away from opal gems. If you need to clean an opal gemstone or jewel, use a soft clean cloth and some cool (room temperature) water. Dip the jewel for around 15 seconds in the water and then wipe with the soft cloth.  Do not store your opal jewelry bundled with other jewels, hard metals and gems can cause the gemstone to scratch or damage. You should also not leave your opal gem stone jewel near a heated source, this could cause the moisture in the opal gemstone to dry up.

When you pick your gem stone from Kaisilver, you can choose to have just the loose gemstone. As the world's leading online custom jewelry provider, we can also make a complete jewel with the gem stone of your choice. You need not restrict your gemstone choice to just the tourmalines or other gems that you see on our website. All gem stone options are available since each gem is fully custom cut. We can provide you with all types, shapes and sizes of gems. In cases where you have a specific budget in mind, give us an idea of your budget and our support team will guide you with various suggestions and options.


A stupendous pink opal gem stone. Not very common gem but yet priced modestly, this 4 carat pink opal gemstone has an exotic cushion cut, and is available in all gem sizes. The POP-01 oval pink opal stone measures 12mm x 12mm. Pink opal jewelry is often worn by hollywood movie stars, sometimes combined with other gems. You will be surprised to know that despite the beauty and grace of this opal stone, the price tag at 45 U.S$ for the piece remains very modest. Request for a complete set and we can handpick and custom cut the stones for you.

pink opal stones, large roung pink opal gemstone


Another impressive pink opal gemstone, this time an oval 12mm x10mm gem stone. Since each pink opal is custom cut, this awesome pink opal stone is provided with a proportionate weight of 3.5 carats. Perfect for an outrageously lavish pink opal ring or pendant. Directstones procures pink opal stones directly from the mines in Peru, custom cutting is done inhouse by highly skilled cutters. You can pick just one piece or as many as you need. Once again, a very fair price of just 40 U.S$ per piece for this pink opal stone.

round pink opal gem stone


Not much of the pink opal mined today is cut into such large round gems. This like all the other pink opal from Directstones, is natural and mined in Peru. An awesome size of 12mm is supported with a good weight of 4 carats. You can get a stupendous pink opal pendant made with this gem stone. Single piece orders are welcome and you can buy as many pieces as you need. At price of just 55 U.S$ for the piece, this pink opal round is a terrific buy. We can ofcourse cut an entire matching set and even custom make the jewel for you.

fire opal gems, heart shaped opal gemstone


Mexican fire opals are the preferred source for this gemstone. The FON-01 shown here is a 7mm heart shaped fire opal, with good clarity and cut. You can buy one single piece or as many pieces as you need. The gem stone has a weight of 1.25 carats. We can procure and custom cut fire opal stones in all sizes and shapes. The price of this gogeous fire opal gem stone is just 75 U.S$. Directstones can provide custom cut white opals, fire opals and even the much rarer pink opals. You can ofcourse buy just the opal or request for a complete opal jewel to be custom made.

white opal gem stone, oval opal stones


On oval white opal gem stone, these loose opal stones can be purchased in single pieces or the volume required by you. Each white opal stone is handpicked and inspected before being custom cut. The gem is available in two sizes, custom cutting is possible in all sizes and shapes as per your requirements. The 8x6mm oval white opal weighs around 0.60 carats and is priced at just 12 U.S$ per piece. A similar opal gem with a size of 9x7mm has a weight of around 1 carat and is priced at just 13.50 U.S$ per piece. Buy just the loose opal gem or request for a complete jewel to be custom made.

opal gems custom cut loose opal gemstones


Opal gem stone lovers often request for white opal with low color flashes and color play. This opal gem stone will suit such requirements. You can order as many loose opal gemstones as you need, all sizes and shapes are custom cut as per your specifications. This opal stone with a size of 8x6mm is priced at just 10 U.S$ per piece and weighs around 0.60 carats. The same white opal gem stone with a size of 9x7mm and a weight of around 1 carat is priced at just 11 U.S$ per piece. You can buy just the loose opal gemstone or have a complete gold or silver opal jewel custom made.

opal doublet, loose opal gems


Opal doublet gem stone, a natural opal strengthened with a backing. This is a natural white opal gemstone which is glued to a sturdy black backing. At Directstones we use a black onyx or boulder opal (opal rock) to make the doublet. The effects of such a process are often debated but, two advantages clearly ermerge. The beauty of the opal is enhanced and the gemstone itself becomes sturdier. The price per piece for an 8x6mm gem is just 15 U.S$. A similar doublet opal with a gem size 9x7mm would be priced at just 18 U.S$.


Who Is Kaisilver?

Having established itself as the world's leading online custom jewelry provider, Kaisilver now extends it's merchandise line to include gems. While there is no shortage of gem stones in the global market, reliable sources for the retail buyer requirements are not many. Most retail gem dealers work with limited inventories, this reduces buyer options. Another problem with these small dealers is the lack of information and reliability when it comes to gem authenticity and value for money. Kaisilver with it's wide network of gemstone mining and manufacturing resources, is the best source for gems of all types, shapes, sizes and cuts. With a support team that is compromised of jewelry and gemstone experts, the advice and suggestions made by the team relate to your requirements and not to fixed sales targets. The website shows a small sampling of the gems that we offer. You can infact request for just about any gem on the globe. All gems are sourced directly from the source, closely inspected and then custom cut by our expert cutters. With a buyer base that includes fashion models, government officials, casino and resort owners, lawyers, financial experts, students and professors, doctors and surgeons, sportsmen and newsreaders we have become the preferred choice for quality gems and jewelry. By cutting out middlemen commissions and multiple agents, we provide great value for your money. Our large online operation does not stop us from welcoming even the smallest order. Gold and silver jewelry is custom made with equal attention to quality, material and craftsmanship. You can choose from our designs or send us detailed for the style and design that you need.


How To Order?

The process to order gems and custom jewelry at Kaisilver is similar. We do not expect you to make a rush purchase. We do wish that you take the time to discuss your requirements with our experts. They will be in a position to provide constructive suggestions that will guide you to make well informed buying decisions. Email all your requirements to provide as much inputs as possible to help us make relevant suggestions. For example if you are keen on getting a green gemstone but, are not particular about it being an emerald mention this in your email. Our gem experts might suggest a green tourmaline or even a peridot instead of an emerald. This suggestion would reduce our profit margins but will give you a gem that, is much cheaper and even more durable as compared to an emerald. When it comes to payments we offer some very suitable options. Paypal is the preferred form of payment, it is fair to the buyer and seller. The buyer when using paypal never needs to reveal credit card of bank information to the seller. We also accept direct bank transfers but prefer to do this on a case by case basis. When it comes to online transactions these days, both buyer and seller are afraid of frauds. It is quite possible that you do not feel comfortable working with us at Kaisilver. We sometimes feel a little uncomfortable with certain transactions too and prefer to keep away from them. There have always been fears of processing payments through Western Union money transfers. With the latest fraud reports, fake sellers and even fake buyers have been pulling off many online frauds using this mode of payment. At the same time we do understand that armed forces from the U.S who are stationed in various global positions sometimes have no other mode of payment besides Western Union. We therefore accept this mode of payment but at the same time, request you to avoid this mode if you do not feel comfortable using it. Shipping is done through FEDEX and you can expect a production lead time of around 4 to 5 weeks from the date of order confirmation and receipt of payment. Every jewel is fully custom made and requires the complete attention and concentration of highly skilled craftsmen. When it comes to gems, we could provide faster lead times and this can be discussed for each specific order.

Buyer Testimonials.

Below are a few comments from some of our buyers. As mentioned above we have a very serious interest in buyer satisfaction since our very existence depends solely depends on satisfied buyers. A high degree of repeat orders and a large number of orders being received through buyer recommendations has been at the heart of our success. Kaisilver buyers include people from all professions and walks of life. Fashion models, sportsmen, politicians, lawyers, financial experts, doctors and surgeons, members of the armed forces, newsreaders and journalists, students, casino and resort owners make up most of our buyer list.

.......received ring yesterday as you promised. it is stunning, more beautiful than i expected. the design and craftsmanship are outstanding. thank you again, it has been a pleasure doing business with you. i will highly recommend you to everyone i know, and look forward to doing business with you in the future. your entire staff has been professional and you displayed a high degree of honesty and integrity throughout the transaction. thank your staff and your craftsman for their incredible work. please feel free to use me as a reference as a EXTREMELY satisfied customer. take care, i wish you all well. Lt. Colonel James William Brady USA, Ret. Beverly Hills, Florida
Thank you very much for all your information and help with the production and safe delivery of the ring. It is indeed more than I had hoped forand I'm sure will be a winner with my wife. It is a shame that other firms can not be as helpful, you are all to be congratulated - Thank you again. Mr.Peter Keeble, U.K.

The ring arrived and it is beautiful. Thank you for such a wonderful job. I will be looking at your website over the next couple of weeks to place an additional order. Your workmanship and pricing is excellent.
Thanks again,
Dr. David Williams, U.S






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