Scientists Discover Gemstones on Mars

Researchers at Arizona State University working with NASA-affiliated scientists have found that the surface of Mars houses a supply of opal. The semi-precious gemstones form when silica dissolves in water—a process that suggests the region may have once held far more water than we believe. Since water and silica can be separated, the existence of opals also acts as a possible future water source, supporting the …

Opalized Bones Alter Australia’s Prehistoric History

Beginning with an excavation in 1984, an opal mine in Lightning Ridge (in rural New South Wales, Australia) suddenly became a hotbed for fossilized—and subsequently opalized—dinosaur bones. While the original team assumed the abnormally large and centralized collection of bones came from one body, researchers are now learning they are bones from multiple dinosaurs and an entirely new species—implying that a herd, which is now …

Opal 4 Peak Ring

Opal is said to bring inspiration, imagination and clarity of thought to the wearer. Australian jeweler Kim Victoria Wearne’s Opal 4 Peak Ring is individually engraved and asymmetrically hammer set, so no two rings are the same. If you’re looking for even more originality, you can choose the opal color and Wearne will source the perfect stone for you.