Easy Inlay Cultured Opal Sahara

  • Easy Inlay Cultured Opal Sahara

    Cultured Opal - Sahara (gold with orange and green fire)

    Available in either 2g or 5g, choose from the dropdown menu.

    Easy Inlay’s jewellery-grade cultured opals contain the fire typically seen in rare opals and are optically, physically, and chemically identical to those found in nature. Also, unlike natural stones, the colour, luminosity, and brightness of these opals will not fade over time. They're contained in easy-to-store jars in 2-gram and 5-gram sizes.

    Perfect for pens; blade handles; wine stoppers; boxes; vessels; and other inlay projects. 2 grams fill 75cm by 3mm wide; 5 grams fill 190cm by 3mm wide.

    In the lab, these opals can take about a year to grow. Made from approximately 80 per cent silica, scientists arrange spheres in a lattice pattern to imitate the structure of a jewellery-quality opal. Then they stabilise the pores of the structure with silica gel; the result is an opal that exhibits the fire and iridescence of their natural, more expensive counterparts.

    Easy Inlay’s opals add a flash of colour that catches the eye; professionals and crafters alike can create designs; insert grains into a small crack or knot, or include in resin to add visual depth and dimension to any project.

    On the Mohs Hardness Scale, our opals have a hardness of 4 and are easily sanded using silicon carbide (carborundum) or aluminium oxide (corundum) sand paper, which has a hardness of 9.0. They are durable and provide an excellent surface to polish and/or finish.

    2g Jar
    COSA-002
    $34.90 (inc GST)
    5g Jar
    COSA-005
    $75.00 (inc GST)
     

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