Dragon’s Opal a Jewelry Company

The Dragon Opal Jewelry Company
The Dragon Opal Jewelry Company

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Fire opal is one of the gems that better represents Mexico and its major mines are in the state of Querétaro.

Fire Opal . Also known as flaming , this variety is the most transparent of all hard and low hydration. Characteristics of banks opalíferos Mexico , its composition includes abundant iron particles , mineral that gives it a distinctive reddish hue. Its on color, which can range from crimson red to amber yellow, in some specimens have very strong iridescent streaks, which when combined with other greenish due to the copper particles , simulating real flames , hence the nickname flaming . Coupled with these aesthetic characteristics, hardness and transparency of opals was -go allows it to cut into facets that further enhance its beauty and make it suitable for fine jewelry.

In the case of Mexico , the extraction and use of opals destined for jewelry was common since pre-Hispanic times . Among the wealthy inhabitants of the old Anahuac tequetzalitzil gem was like , a word translated from Nahuatl poetic and symbolic , means something like flint hummingbird feathers . While silver, gold and cochineal were major Mexican wealth exploited in Cologne, finding opalíferos deposits in mining areas , was never despised in Europe.

The Mexican fire opal is distinguished by its hardness and transparency , typical of a high concentration of silica opal can reach , unlike the Noble Australian opal, containing more water than silica and is more opaque and soft. These , unique among the world’s opals , gross features allows polished gems can then be carved or cut into precious facets that enhance his fiery brilliance and value. The virtuosity of the lapidary and Mexican silversmiths , particularly of Queretaro and more specifically the San Juan River , undoubtedly represents an added value to our fingertips.

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  1. History/Provenance…

    Virgin valley is a high desert region (an elevation of 5,000 to 6,000 ft.), located about 30 miles southwest of Denio in Humboldt County. The area is teeming with wildlife, from wild burros and horses to antelope and jackrabbits. There are numerous hot springs dotting the land with their attendant lush vegetation, creating a series of oasis in the desert. This area is famous for the rare and fabulous black opal, known to occur in only two places on Earth: Virgin Valley, Nevada and New South Wales, Australia. These wonderful specimens flash and gleam with a rainbow of brilliant reds, blues, greens and purples in a jet black matrix. Prime examples can be worth more per carat than even diamonds. Also found in the area is opal in a variety of colors and types from the famous black opal to the amber colored honey opal, the clear jelly or crystal opal, and the pure white matrix of the lechosos or milk opal, all of which can contain the stunning play of color which signifies the ‘precious opal.’

  2. THE GEOGRAPHY OF MEXICAN OPAL: The two main mining areas in Mexico that produce these precious opals are Querétaro and Magdalena, situated in central Mexico, northwest of Mexico City and Guadalajara respectively. These historical deposits have been coveted by the native families for over a hundred years. They consistently produce oranges, reds, and blues with little or no play-of-color, while sporadically producing the wild, full-spectrum patterns of color seen in the rare opals.

  3. MEXICAN OPAL GEOLOGY : The opals crystallize in a hydrothermal system where the hydrous silica gels get trapped and concentrated in cavities and fractures within rhyolitic lava flows. This unique geologic process then “freezes” the opal melt from the high temperature solutions that begin at around 160°C. The opals often have one- and two-phase inclusions with trapped remnants of aqueous liquids, water vapor, carbon dioxide, and sodium chloride from the original solution. The Querétaro district is one of the only significant sources of gem-quality “fire” opal to originate from an igneous or rhyolitic source. The Magdalena district has a similar geology, producing exceptional fire opals and, in rare cases, “water” and lloviznando opals as well. Australian opals, on the other hand, form at low temperatures from circulating groundwater in sedimentary-type environments.

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