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Opal Storage

The best way to keep opal jewelry from cracking and crazing is to wear it! Opal picks up moisture from body necessary to keep it in good condition. If you need to store opal, it should not be cushioned in something like dry absorbent cotton. Rather, place it in an airtight jar with a couple of wet cotton balls in it. Do not store opal in a bank vault; pressurization in the vault will tend to separate the layers in triplets. In air travel, take the opal with you; do not let it go in the baggage hold. If the prongs are too tight in a setting, the opal will eventually crack.

American River Currents via Victor Valley Gem & Mineral Bulletin 10/1995