Canary Opal Gemstone
Like the songbird of its namesake, Canary Opal delights with its vibrant and striking yellow color.
Opals are best known for their amazing play-of-color, with the most sought after having a white or black bodycolor. However, it’s surprising to learn that opals occur in many different shades and hues. Canary opal represents one of the rarest variety of opals. Yellow coloration is extremely rare to find in opals.
What Color is Canary Opal?
Canary opals possess a vibrant yellow hue, ranging from three potential shades. This difference in hue means that specific specimens may appear lighter or darker, depending on the individual stone.
Other Canary Opal Quality Factors
While many opals display a play-of-color, canary opal does not. For this reason, it belongs to the group of opals known as common opals. Despite this, the gem is no less beautiful when considered for its amazing yellow tones. Polished specimens have a waxy to a glassy finish.
Opals rank from 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness. This provides moderate resistance to scratching and abrasion. If you’re very active, canary opal earrings or necklace are a better choice than a canary opal ring. Like other opal gems, canary opal is not extremely durable. This fair durability means exercising care is important with this canary opal jewelry so that it doesn’t chip or break.
Is Canary Opal Treated?
It’s uncommon for opal to undergo additional treatment. Canary opal maintains this tradition, going through no additional enhancement.
Who Should Wear Canary Opal?
This is a great opal to consider if you love gemstones such as Brazilian citrine, canary fluorite, or marialite. The positive and happy yellows found within this jewel is sure to brighten your day.
Is Canary Opal a Birthstone?
• Celebrating the month of birth with a special gemstone is a tradition that traces back to biblical origin. Starting in Medieval Europe, wearing a birthstone associated with your month of birth began formation into the tradition we know today. Canary Opal is a modern October birthstone, carrying this tradition into the future. As the leaves turn color during autumn, gems like Canary Opal are perfect for heralding in this change.
• Opals are not commonly associated with the tropical zodiac or wedding anniversaries.
Does Canary Opal Have Special Properties?
• Like many gemstones, some suggest that opals possess special powers and virtue. Regarding canary opal and other opal gemstones, its association is with sight.
• During the Middle Ages, lapidarists thought that opals would cure ailments of the eye. A popular name for the stone during this period, opthalmus lapis, opallios, opthalmos, or opthalmius, is a reference to the eye. On the more devious side of things, opals were thought also to turn the bearer invisible. This lead to opals being called patronus furum, or “thieves’ stone.” In some versions of this lore, the opal instead surrounds the would-be thief in a thick fog, obscuring him from sight.
• A popular Medieval belief suggests that opals would preserve the beauty of blonde hair. And with the lovely color of Canary Opal, it’s easy to see why stories like these spread.
Interesting varieties of opal exist throughout the world. Some varieties, such as canary yellow opal, are rare, and only found in certain areas of the world. The Tanga Region of Tanzania provides Shop LC with our supply of yellow opal.
Mining canary yellow opal requires traditional artisanal techniques. Creating finished stones uses a lot of rough. Less than two-percent of canary opal rough ever becomes a finished gemstone!
• Ranks 6 to 6.5 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
• Canary opal presents a pleasing lemon-yellow color, in light to darker hues.
• Sourced from the Tanga Region of Tanzania.
• Canary opal undergoes no additional treatment.