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Voyagers Tip of the Month

As the seasons change, and we enjoy the varying colors
and beauty that Autumn has to offer, so too, we can enjoy the flashes of color in October's birthstone, the Opal.

Australia is the classical country of origin. Almost ninety-five per cent of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts,
with Opal color variations being practically unlimited.

The history of Australian Opal began actually millions of years ago, when parts of Australia were covered by a vast inland sea, and stone sediment was deposited along its shoreline. When the water masses flooded back, they flushed water containing silica into the resulting cavities and niches in the sedimentary rocks. Slowly the silica stone transformed into Opal, or, to be more precise:
Opals are a gel from silica, with varying percentages of water.

Since Opals always contain water; if they are stored too dry or exposed to heat over a longer period of time, they will become brittle and color will become pale. Therefore, Opal jewelry should be worn as often as possible, for then the gemstone will receive the needed humidity from the air and skin of its wearer

click here to learn about proper care for Opals.

     

Whether you like the warm elegance of Yellow Gold
prefer the cool allure of White Gold or Platinum
 combine them both with a bi-color jewelry design... 

Traditional or Contemporary...
Dramatic or Understated.....                                    
                                                           Tourmaline is the alternate October
birthstone


Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Remount and Redesign 

- Unique and Custom creations are Voyagers specialty -  
unlike most jewelers, we do all work in house and are able to work with existing pieces to  make them "new" again from a good cleaning and polishing  to adding stones or reusing a part of the old design to create a new piece. This ability to create brand new from scratch, innovative designs, to reusing and redesigning existing pieces allows Voyagers to be your personal and full service jewelers.  We do free estimates for any design.

          

As always, we recommend that you regularly have your jewelry checked & inspected.   We can do that while you wait ... as well as keep your jewelry sparkling & clean.....
After cleaning, we will check for any missing stones;  inspect each stone for tightness; and  look for chips, nicks and breakage.
Prongs, shanks and mountings will be inspected for wear and cracks.
If repairs are needed, we will make suggestions and discuss possible options with you.

Click here for more information on having your jewelry repaired.

Click here for more information on having jewelry designed

Caring for Opals

Wait until after applying makeup, perfume and hair pray to put on the jewelry. As a rule put opals on last when dressing and take them off first when undressing.

Protect your opals from rubbing against harder gems / surfaces; Make sure you remove your ring before physical activities like gardening and sports. Also, do not immerse the gem in liquid chemical solutions, like dishwater. Opals are porous and absorb liquids.

To clean your opals, use a soft cloth or brush, a mild detergent, and room temperature water. Then rinse thoroughly to remove any residue. Clean doublets and triplets with the same method, but do not soak them. Soaking can dissolve the glue holding the layers together.

For storage, keep opal jewelry wrapped in a soft cloth and protected from abrasive objects; however, if you live in a very dry climate, or keep them in a dehumidified room, some precautions are necessary. Keeping them in a tight plastic bag, with a damp piece of cotton or fabric will prevent dehydration.
 

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