Just as we know that there are natural gemstones, we are also familiar with the “imitations,” fake versions,” etc. There are numerous reasons people create artificial gems, and one of them is the price. Still, in some cases, counterfeit stones can look amazing. Even though those stones are human-made, that doesn’t take away anything from their looks or quality.
So, faux Opal falls under this category – in the past, people began to color tinsel or sheet below transparent plastic to create a faux Opal.
It looks great, has a great color pattern, it is shiny.
Faux Opal Characteristics and Types
People make faux Opal, it looks just like real Opal, but it does not have its properties – it is not made out of the same materials as genuine Opal. A natural Opal is amorphous, which suggests that it does not have a fixed crystal composition. It can have many shapes and colors and is thus quite inconstant, but also so beautiful. And in the same as nature can make beautiful stones, so does the human.
Faux Opal, created out of glass, usually contains tiny bubbles streamlines inside or on the gemstone’s exterior. Numerous Faux Opals are composed mostly of plastic pitch with a lesser quantity of silica. Nevertheless, the high resin amount in the stone alters other parts of the matter. They customarily contain a lower specific gravity and refractive index than Real Opal.
Faux Opals, just like real Opals, must be taken care of; this includes storage also. The major problem when it comes to Faux Opals comes from the fact that they are not as hard as Natural ones to be scratched easily. It is advised to be worn as a pendant, earrings, or a pin.
Faux Opal Benefits
Companies that make Faux Opal want to make a substance resembles Opal, which is much cheaper than the real deal. In most cases, the aim is to persuade consumers interested in buying a natural Opal but do not mind paying a lot of money. In most cases, Faux Opal is created out of resin or glass, and in some cases, out of special plastic.
Some display a colorful glow comparable to the colors and shades are seen in real gemstones. It is said that only experts can make a difference between the two. The idea of producing faux Opals is to give a cheaper alternative for those who love to wear and buy Opal. They can cost just a few dollars, in some cases even less. Faux Opals can be set in beautiful metal settings. The cheapest Faux Opals are made in Asia.
Keep in mind that the Faux Opal is not the same as Synthetic Opal. The main difference lies in the fact that in the case of, for example, synthetic Opal or lab-grown Opal, the material used must be the same as the one found in Natural Opal. This implies:
- chemical constitution
- physical characteristics
- inner composition
On the contrary, Faux Opal does not have to match these specifications.
Faux Opal Healing Properties
The word faux may sound repelling to someone because it is associated with deception or fraud. Still, there is nothing wrong when a manufacturer labels its product correctly. When it comes to its healing properties, unlike natural Opal, known for its healing properties, Faux Opals are not associated with healing properties. Considering that they are artificial, it is just as expected.
Depending on the materials that are used in its creation, Faux Opal can have some effect on the human body. Some say that wearing some glass forms at a certain amount can give you some emotional protection. This is especially important for people who like to wear it as a pendant. In this case, it can have a protective impact on the heart (in emotional matters).
When it is worn in earrings, it serves as a protection from bad news. If you wear Faux Opal, as the stone in your ring, perhaps in s a silver setting, in that case, it can serve as a protection from doing things that do not help you.
One more aspect needs to be mentioned – some say that when you wear any stone, this includes Faux Opal, especially those that are extremely shiny, any wish that is suppressed due to lack of self-confidence will shine again with the help of the stone.
Birthstone and Zodiac sign
Faux Opals are certain commodities that can look great in jewelry, and many people enjoy them. If you find a Faux Opal that you like and want to wear, there is nothing wrong with buying it. It would help if you assumed to spend a lot less for a Faux stone opal than for the Real Opal with a comparable volume and shape.
Throughout history, numerous cultures connect various stones with astrological signs. Opal is customarily associated with the Zodiac signs of Scorpio and Libra, besides Cancer. The same connection can be used when it comes to the Faux Opal.
Another belief regarding Faux Opals is that they are Birthstones dedicated to all those born in September. Others say that you can carry this stone wherever you go and whatever you do for increased protection, mental clarity, or happiness if it makes you feel good.