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Welcome to The Opalholic! Check out the great selection of October's birthstone...Opals!


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5 out of 5 stars

dejoieb on Jul 15, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

GORGEOUS Australian Fossil Shell Opals!!! They are full of depth, dimension and ALL the colors of the RAINBOW:)))

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I’m an opalholic.

I’m an opalholic. I learned to do lapidary work in the 1970s, and I’ve been cutting and polishing opal – and only opal - ever since. Since no two stones are alike (they come in all colors and all combinations of colors and with multiple color patterns), each piece is a new experience. Rough opal pieces often come naturally encased in a matrix of dirt, clay, and sand. When you start to clean them, you never know exactly what you’re going to find. It’s addictive.

Three types of opal may be found on this site. (1) Most of the time I cut cabochons from Australian opal. (2) Recently, I’ve started to specialize in opalized sea shells. I think of these as "nature's nautical jewelry" and “gifts from the sea”. Over 100 million years ago, the Eromanga Sea covered much of inland Australia. Many fossils are found in these ancient beds, including opalized sea shells. Opalized shell fossils are formed by the process of geological replacement. A shell gets buried in the sand. The organic matter decays, leaving a shell-shaped void in the sand. The void fills with sand-bearing water that solidifies over time to become precious opal. Since shells have a natural curvature, and since opal usually forms in thin layers, it is often the case that the lowest portions of the shell fossil have color, while higher portions are without color. As a result, full-color shells and shell fragments are rare. (3) Most recently, I’ve started to work with Ethiopian opal.

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Last updated on September 19, 2012
Thank you for checking out my store. I hope you enjoy my opals!

Accepted payment methods

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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
I only accept payment through PayPal. However, PayPal does accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express whether or not you have an account with them.
I only ship to places in the continental United States through the US Postal Service. Purchases are shipped within 3 business days of payments clearing. All packages are sent Priority Mail with a Delivery Confirmation number.
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns are accepted within 14 days. Once a returned item is received and it is in its original unworn condition, a full refund will be issued minus the shipping charges. Return postage fees are the responsibility of the buyer.

Please note that each of these one of a kind pieces is also for sale in a retail jewelry store. This etsy store is continually updated to prevent double sales. However, if for some reason it is purchased both on etsy and in the store at the same time, the etsy buyer will be notified through an etsy conversation and be fully refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
Photographs & Descriptions:
Opals are very difficult to photograph. Photos often do not do justice to the stone. However, all photographs and descriptions of pieces are as accurate as possible. The colors in the photos may vary slightly from monitor to monitor. Measurements are approximate.