Monday, July 28, 2008

Opal: Which One Should You Choose? (Mexican Fire Opal)

Mexican Fire Opal

You must have heard of opal, Black opal, Fire opal or Mexican Fire opal. But, have you ever wonder on where "opal" get her name? If you think that it is English derivative, you are wrong. As a matter of fact, the word "opal" derives from Sanskrit "upala". Upala means the "precious stone". You must have already know the beauty of opal like Mexican Fire opal and how precious it is. From the play of color, the fire illusion that it creates, full of water yet ablaze with internal fire and the list goes on.

Opal is not that soft stone. On the Mohs scale, it's hardness is from 5 to 6.5 which can be considered harder that turquoise, malachite and lapis. Opal, as what I've mentioned in my previous post, is not free from any possible defect like cracking and scratch. To protect your Mexican Fire opal or any other opal, a serious care should be taken.

Go to: "Protect Mexican Fire Opal" if you want to know the tips and advice to protect your Mexican Fire opal. It's also applicable to any other types of Opal.

The value and quality of opal highly depends on its beauty. So, how to know whether a Mexican Fire opal or any other opal is beautiful and worth buying? Like Mexican Fire opal, the brighter the fire, the more beautiful the Mexican Fire opal is. Likewise, opal in general, is beautiful as its colour is brighter. Do you know that the best black opal with red fire is more expensive than most diamonds? I'm serious. So, speaking of the beauty of opal, colour plays as powerful determinants.

Mexican Fire Opal