Most buyers could answer this question themselves if, their jeweler had provided clear explanations regarding the properties of a fire opal gemstone. In any case, let's try to understand the fire opal gemstone here. Every gemstone has it's own properties that need to be considered when wearing or cleaning the gemstone, so do not be put off by what you hear about the fire opal gemstone. Firstly, moisture is an important component of all opals and fire opal is no exception. The beauty of any opal depends to a significant degree on this naturally existing moisture in the gemstone. If you expose your fire opal to heated conditions, the moisture could evaporate and take away the beauty of the gemstone. Remember, that the fire opal gemstone can break when struck by physical impact. So if you wore your fire opal jewelry all day long and did chores like cleaning, washing etc, the possibility of the gemstone being struck by physical impact increases. Chemicals and detergents can also affect the fire opal negatively, you surely do not want to wash clothes or wash your hands while wearing your fire opal ring. Similarly avoid ultrasonic cleaners to wash fire opal gem stone jewelry. There have been a few cases where fire opal gems have cracked when exposed to extreme changes in temperature. The emphasis here is on the word extreme. You should probably worry about this if you are living in a room that is very cold and then walk out into an area where the temperature is very hot. The problem of fire opals cracking with extreme and sudden changes in temperature are very rare so no undue worry is called for.
Before you decide that the fire opal is a very fussy gemstone think about this. If you had an expensive sapphire ring, would you not look after it with great care? Would you not wear the ring only on special occassions and then safely store it away once you returned home? Most of us would answer yes to these questions, then why the worry over the fire opal gemstone? The answer is simple, for all it's beauty and rarity the fire opal gemstone is very modestly priced. People therefore feel that a cheap gemstone is not worth that much caring for!. If you share these ideas too, the sooner you forget them the better. Value your jewelry for the satisfaction it gives you, once you did this you would care for your fire opal ring or other fire opal jewelry as if it were the best jewel in your collection.
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