集寶石之美於一身

Vision Magazine - - Style - English Text by Jen­nifer hsi Chi­nese Text by Jer­lin lin

With their spec­tac­u­lar flair and colour­ing, opals have long been con­sid­ered one of the luck­i­est and most mag­i­cal gem­stones through­out his­tory. While opals sym­bol­ised love and hope to the Ro­mans, the an­cient Greeks be­lieved in their prophetic power and abil­ity to pro­tect peo­ple from dis­ease. With 95% of opals com­ing from Aus­tralia, they are known as the “The Lucky Gem from the Lucky Coun­try.” 歐泊的英文為O­pal,是世界上最美麗的貴寶石。而世界上95%的歐泊出產於澳大利亞,因此澳人又稱其為澳寶。

There are 14 char­ac­ter­is­tics that de­fine the qual­ity of opals, sev­eral of which de­pend on the merit of pro­cess­ing. Care­ful cut­ting and pol­ish­ing pro­duces a fine fin­ish and min­imises waste in the gem­stone, high­light­ing the ra­di­ance of the Oc­to­ber birth­stone.

The high­est qual­ity opals dis­play bril­liant flashes of colour when turned which is known as play-of-colour. The range of colour is cre­ated by light re­fract­ing from mil­lions of mi­cro­scopic sil­ica spheres con­tained within the opal struc­ture, cre­at­ing a rain­bow ef­fect. Pre­cious opals can ex­hibit all the colours con­tained within the light spec­trum, yet most have a base colour rang­ing from white to light grey to black.

歐泊或稱澳寶,源於拉丁文「Opalus」,意思大致是「集寶石之美於一身」。

Some opali carry such a play within them that they equal the deep­est and rich­est colours of painters. Oth­ers sim­u­late the flam­ing fire of burn­ing sul­phur and even the bright blaze of burn­ing oil. --- Phiny the Elder, a Ro­man scholar in 75AD

Some Aus­tralian Abo­rig­ines be­lieve opals were cre­ated when their cre­ator de­scended to Earth via a rain­bow that con­nected land and sky. They be­lieve that opals con­tain mys­ti­cal pow­ers, bring­ing har­mony and hope.

Once upon a time, this stone was the en­gage­ment ring of choice, be­ing 1350 times rarer than di­a­monds. Un­like any other gem, the opal’s kalei­do­scopic colours, pat­tern and fires re­minds one of fireworks, jel­ly­fish and gal­ax­ies.

Aus­tralian Opal Cut­ters is an in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized busi­ness that was es­tab­lished in 1982. They bring a wide range of stun­ning opal prod­ucts to the world, in­clud­ing Aus­tralian Black Opals, Aus­tralian Boul­der Opals, White Opals, Crys­tal Opals, dou­blets and Triplets, and many ex­quis­ite hand-crafted jew­ellery prod­ucts.

根據澳寶基體色調的顯示,可以分為無色、白色、淺灰、深灰一直到黑色。不同於其他寶石的是,歐泊所具有的迷人色彩在不同角度、不同光線和不同背景下會明顯變色,以此絢麗呈現光譜中各種色彩。

挑選澳寶,一般以選擇澳寶裸石最為流行。而切割歐泊的工藝,就比較考究了。打磨的時候需要仔細判斷彩的走向,正確暴露彩層,達到最好的展現效果,並減少損耗,提高出成率。好的澳寶原石非常昂貴,且不易買到,應該珍惜。

打磨寶石需要很多實踐經驗,最好請個有經驗的師傅,否則容易浪費原石。Aus­tralian Pearl Divers and Opal Cut­ters 有 50年的手工珠寶製作工藝與技術,全力打造你心目中的完美寶石形狀。

澳洲澳寶珍珠總匯Aus­tralian Opal Cut­ters L3, 295-301 Pitt Street Syd­ney , NSW 2000 02 9261 2442

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