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Playing With Fire

Opal, the modern birthstone for October, owes its variable interplay of internal colors to its unique composition of silica (a form of quartz) and water (6%-10%). As light passes through the spheres of silica, it “refracts,” resulting in the remarkable play of rainbow colors for which the opal is renown. Opals with a black or dark gray background provide the most brilliant displays of colors. Black opal with red, orange, and violet flashes tends to be the most desirable. White or milky opals show more diffuse colors. About 95% of the world’s precious opal comes from Australia. Perhaps the most famous of the Australian Opal Fields is Lightning Ridge, where the desirable black opal is mainly found.

Delight in the beauty of STARNES MASTER JEWELER’S jewelry collection and give the gift of birthstones.  This is the place to mark the meaningful moments of your life! Our store is located at 127 West Main St. Call us at 704-982-1013, and allow us to assist you.  You can put your mind at ease when you buy from Starnes.

P.S. Opal is a relatively delicate gemstone that should never be cleaned in a sonic cleaner.

All That Glitters

Welcome to our column! In the weeks to come, we will be presenting to you interesting and informative jewelry topics.

Since prehistoric times, men and women have adorned their bodies with jewelry to make personal fashion statements as well as to show their appreciation for the most beautiful of natural creations. Aside from its aesthetic and monetary value, jewelry also symbolizes the love, affection and reverence we have for one another. With all the material and spiritual attachment we may feel for our precious metals and gemstones, it is no wonder they occupy a good deal of our attention and curiosity. To meet this interest, this is the first in a series of columns intended to provide readers with information on jewelry and gemstones. The hope is that these ideas will help guide the wise purchase and appreciation of jewelry.

At STARNES MASTER JEWELERS we have a stunning selection of jewelry. Come in and browse our huge selection at 127 West Main St. or contact us at 704-982-1013.  We have jewelry for every budget and styles for every taste. You can put your mind at ease when you buy from Starnes.

P.S. Until the mid-nineteenth century, only men wore diamonds.