We use handpicked semi-precious and precious stones in our jewelry. Some stones are more fragile than others and need to be handled with care. 

Ethiopian Opals: Also known as the hydrophane ("water-loving") opal, these opals absorb water much like a sponge. If an opal is left underwater, its brilliance may change from opaque or semi-translucent to translucent or transparent. While you can take your opal for a quick dip in the ocean and leave it on while washing your hands, it is best to remove an opal ring or necklace when showering or bathing, or if you know you will be swimming for long periods of time. If your opal does change from translucent to transparent, it will revert back to its original state once dried, however this may take a few days. To clean an Ethiopian opal, never use a steamer or ultrasonic, keep away from harsh cleaning agents, perfume, high temperatures or sudden temperature changes. Simply wipe with a clean soft cloth.