Maybe the only thing better than a misty morning is a misty morning with a knock-your-socks off sunrise.
Not only can Opaline work like a gauzy filter over other colors (at my age one can’t say enough good things about gauzy filters), but in a thicker section, it has an internal fire not unlike certain colorations of an Oregon sunrise.
OK, OK…a cold shower of elementary glass chemistry usually works to snap me out of this kind of delirium.
What makes this glass so different than a standard white opal?
Opalescent glasses are typically made with fluorine, hence called fluorine opals. The fluorine exists as a minute crystalline (i.e. non-glass) particle suspended within the glass matrix.
This new Opaline, on the other hand, is a phosphate opal. Unlike fluorine, the phosphate particle is a glass – i.e., a glass suspended within a glass – and as such is more translucent…
…and fiery….and diaphanous….and romantic….and elegiac….and may lead to excessive blathering if handled without gloves.