Easy Inlay Opal - Marina (2 gram)EIOPALMAR
Easy Inlay’s lab-grown opals are available in three colours; Marina (blue), Viper (green), and Krakatoa (reddish blue), contained in easy-to-store jars in 2-gram and 5-gram sizes (coming soon). These Bello 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.
Perfect for jewellery (rings, earrings, etc.); pens; blade handles; wine stoppers; boxes; vessels; and other inlay projects. 2 grams fill 30-inches by 1/8" wide; 5 grams fill 75 inches by 1/8" wide.
In the lab, opals can take about a year to grow. Made from approximately 80 percent 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 pop of colour that catches the eye; professionals and crafters alike can create designs; insert grains into a small crack or knot; or blend with Easy Inlay’s Mother of Pearl to add visual depth and dimension to any inlay.
On the Mohs Hardness Scale, lab-grown opals have a hardness of 4 and are easily sanded using silicon carbine (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.