Welo opals

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BTS
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Welo opals

Post by BTS » 2 months ago

Hello everyone, new to LC blog, but not to LC. I've purchased over 100 pieces of welo opal. Some to wear but most as an investment to sell later. Last week I came across a post of LC customers whose welo opals turned yellow. I checked my LC 2-tiered velvet jewelry box in which I keep my opals. All were yellow - even the pieces still in their plastic bag with the anti-tarnish square. I checked on-line for remedies and it seems that once yellow, always yellow. I live in humid Florida; however, if humidity is the problem, the jewelry box should provide a barrier to humidity as well as the sealed plastic bags. I threw some rice into the jewelry box and will check it in a month. I am so disappointed as I've spent thousands on welo opal jewelry pieces. Ever the optimist, I have a big jewelry box full of potential semi-mounts.

Bev in St. Pete, FL
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Harlequin
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Post by Harlequin » 2 months ago

Bev:... sorry to hear about your Opals. I have heard the same, but my gosh that is a lot. I won’t be buying any.
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Post by anniebelle » 2 months ago

I would definitely research their care. I know very little about them, I only own a few. I would actually think the humidity would be good for them. But I really don't think the plastic bags would be. I'm sure there are folks here that can offer good advice. Not long ago someone talked about trying to get the yellow out. Try using the search function at the top right.
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Post by Shawne » 2 months ago

It looks like they turn yellow or brown with moisture. Once they dry out they go back to their normal color. I have many welo opals and had them for several years. They still look great. Love them!
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Post by Tothemoon » 2 months ago

Fortunately I’ve purchased only three Ethiopian Welo opal rings from SLC. All three turned an ugly brownish yellow color. I searched every internet site I could for a remedy and like BTS said it seems like their is no remedy. I even tried drying them in the sun. Though I am not fond of the dyed opals, I tried soaking one of the rings in a blue drink mix to see if I could make it look like SLC’s Miami blue opal, but that didn’t work either. I came across a more scientific website that mentioned soaking the opal in A mixture of acetone and permanent ink. Not wanting to ruin the setting with acetone, I lightly colored in the stones of one ring with an aqua colored fine tipped permanent ink marker. I know this sounds very tacky but the ring kind of looks ok with the permanent marker. The color play still slightly shows through. I don’t know if the ink will stay on but at least I can wear it as a casual ring with jeans instead of throwing it away as I had planned. I am not recommending that you do this, but since I was so fond of this butterfly bypass welo opal ring that SLC no longer sells I am glad it is a temporary fix for me so that I can at least wear it with jeans.
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Post by Rolltide » 2 months ago

Opal is one of my birthstones, but I think the Welos turn yellow more than the others. This is just my theory, and if you come across something better, please let us know. The Welos are a different animal from the Aussies, and i think they have possibly more water content in them, they are hydrophanes? I have expensive anti-tarnish, wooden on the outside, jewelry boxes for my silver jewelry, but the opals don't like to be sealed off from the air. I think they need to draw moisture out of the air to maintain the more clear body color. I found all of mine turning yellow inside the sealed off silver safekeepers, so I pulled them out, dunked them in water, dried them off, then sat them on paper towels around the bathroom sink with the sink filled with water for about an hour. They do look better now, but I am keeping them in an open tray in my bedroom in the hopes this will not happen again. They all look much better, most of the yellow is gone, and they have retained their rainbow hues, and each day that passes they seem to look better. Just my opinion and experience at this point.
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Post by Rolltide » 2 months ago

I googled these, and online it says that water getting into these opals is what causes the yellowing. I kept mine stored in jewelry box that was sealed, so no water ever got to them, so that is not the case with mine. I wonder if an anti-tarnish box creates any moisture? Somehow I doubt it. I do know that the water I used did restore them somewhat, and online it says once they yellow, it cannot be reversed. So, I beg to differ with that. I would say that I will just place one piece inside a regular, velvet lined box to see if they stay clear in body color, but Bev has said that is what she stored hers in, and they still yellowed. For now, I think I will continue keeping mine in a tray out in the open in my bedroom because after the revival with the water, and allowing them to dry, they definitely look lots better. If anyone else has information, please let us know.
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Post by Lulu » 2 months ago

Welo Opals are more porous than Australian opals. For that reason, I don't keep mine in an anti-tarnish box because I don't want them absorbing any chemicals. I have many and not one has turned yellow.

Get them out of the boxes and bags (which also emit chemicals) and let them sit in the sunlight for a while. Maybe, that will help. Good luck.
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Post by Rolltide » 2 months ago

Thanks @Lulu I will try the sun. I did think about the chemicals in the anti-tarnish box, so I cleaned them with warm sudsy water in hopes it would help and am letting them dry out good. Will put them in the sunlight today.
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Post by Gypsy » 1 month ago

I brought out my jewelry box of Welo Opals, they look still look really nice. Although I noticed a few pieces do have a slight yellow tinge o them.

And there is a pair of studs that I wore to beach one weekend ( forgot I was wearing 😳) and they did get salt water on and turned yellow,

I went ahead and put my jewelry box on the kitchen table where sun will shine on them nicely

And then threatened the cats about touching the box of pretties. I'm curious to see what happens -Gypsy
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