In the Colors of Fire- The Mexican Fire Opal

Fire opal is mined in the Mexican states of Quéretaro, Hidalgo, Guerrero, Michoacan, Julisio, Chihuahua and San Luis Potosi. The most important mines are located in Quéretaro. Fire opal was discovered there in 1835 and some of the mines are still producing today. 

Many associate opal’s name only with those types that always display magnificent play-of-color, there is another beautiful opal variety that is often overlooked—Fire Opal. Fire opal gemstones glow with the fire of the volcanoes that spewed lava where they are produced so long ago: yellows, oranges and reds that are so bright you might think they would glow in the dark! While some fire opals can have the famous play-of-color so closely associated with the gem, they don’t need this phenomenon to captivate you. The most valuable fire opals are transparent and red, often called cherry opal because of their bright, bold colors.

fire opal gemstone

The fiery, warm glow of the fire opal beguiles jewel enthusiasts the world over. This radiant orange simply cannot be overlooked! The fire opal, which, like the other opals, consists of silicic acid with relatively high water content, was named for its color. The color itself comes from fine traces of iron oxide. With a hardness of between 6 and 6.5 on the Mohs scale, however, the fire opal is among the somewhat sensitive gemstones which require a protective setting, especially when worn as a ring stone.

The best quality fire opal however is available at Ratna Sagar Jewels. Here you will get loose gemstone as well as jewelry studded with the fire opal gemstone. Log on to http://www.ratnasagarjewels.com/ to know more about the same.

 

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