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Loose Opal for Sale such as Australian Opal, White Opal, Fire Opal, Ethiopian Opal, Boulder Opal and more online. Our inventory of opal for sale comes in the whole rainbow of colors which include black, white, red, orange, multicolor and much more. Buy Opal as singles, matched pairs or lots which are perfect for any type of jewelry such as rings, earrings, wedding bands, pendants and more. The large variety of colors, shapes and sizes makes it easy for every jeweler, designer and collector to find something suitable. All our Opals for Sale are natural which can be certified by well known gemstone labs like ICA Gemlab.

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3.26ct Golden-Brown Cat's Eye Opal

ID: 693386
Weight: 3.26ct
Size: 11.6 x 6.8 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Madagascar
Type: Natural Cat's Eye Opal
Price: $ 9.78
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2.94ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 697406
Weight: 2.94ct
Size: 13.5 x 9.6 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 74.24
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29.45ct Brownish Green Cat's Eye Opal

ID: 669735
Weight: 29.45ct
Size: 24.8 x 21.1 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Brazil
Type: Natural Cat's Eye Opal
Price: $ 73.63
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1.50ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 505834
Weight: 1.50ct
Size: 11.8 x 7.9 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 31.50
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24.07ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 628406
Weight: 24.07ct
Size: 22.2 x 18.7 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 120.35
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33.71ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 523722
Weight: 33.71ct
Size: 32.6 x 22.1 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 185.41
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21.39ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 626298
Weight: 21.39ct
Size: 16.4 x 16.4 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Cushion Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 164.70
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2.73ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 680188
Weight: 2.73ct
Size: 13.6 x 11.1 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 76.44
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1.66ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 679607
Weight: 1.66ct
Size: 10.5 x 7.7 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 46.48
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1.01ct Multicolor Chocolate Opal

ID: 572774
Weight: 1.01ct
Size: 8 x 6 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Chocolate Opal
Price: $ 33.33
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1.25ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 692641
Weight: 1.25ct
Size: 9.3 x 7.2 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 31.66
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34.16ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 410119
Weight: 34.16ct
Size: 23.4 x 19.6 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 263.42
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2.17ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 697505
Weight: 2.17ct
Size: 17.4 x 7 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Marquise Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 54.79
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2.05ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 696792
Weight: 2.05ct
Size: 14.4 x 8.4 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 51.76
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1.57ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 697191
Weight: 1.57ct
Size: 12.8 x 6.8 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 39.64
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0.84ct Multicolor Chocolate Opal

ID: 573438
Weight: 0.84ct
Size: 8 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Round Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Chocolate Opal
Price: $ 27.72
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2.89ct Multicolor Opal Doublet

ID: 716976
Weight: 2.89ct
Size: 12 x 10 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Assembled
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal Doublet
Price: $ 86.70
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18.73ct Yellowish Green Opal

ID: 674628
Weight: 18.73ct
Size: 23.3 x 12.9 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Brazil
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 40.27
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23.38ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 678676
Weight: 23.38ct
Size: 25.3 x 16.7 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 116.90
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11.91ct Brownish Yellow Cat's Eye Opal

ID: 484212
Weight: 11.91ct
Size: 15.5 x 13 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Madagascar
Type: Natural Cat's Eye Opal
Price: $ 59.55
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35.80ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 575232
Weight: 35.80ct
Size: 36.6 x 19.7 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 118.14
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24.54ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 667940
Weight: 24.54ct
Size: 28 x 21 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 73.62
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6.68ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 679821
Weight: 6.68ct
Size: 19.5 x 10.3 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Marquise Cabochon
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 200.40
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35.49ct Yellowish Green Cat's Eye Opal

ID: 669504
Weight: 35.49ct
Size: 24.7 x 17.8 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Brazil
Type: Natural Cat's Eye Opal
Price: $ 88.73
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30.94ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 521754
Weight: 30.94ct
Size: 25.4 x 20.1 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 170.17
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19.33ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 679214
Weight: 19.33ct
Size: 26 x 15.9 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 96.65
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20.80ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 522410
Weight: 20.80ct
Size: 32.3 x 16.8 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 114.40
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20.97ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 627966
Weight: 20.97ct
Size: 21.5 x 15.7 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 104.85
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3.65ct Cream Yellow Cat's Eye Opal

ID: 493507
Weight: 3.65ct
Size: 11.4 x 8.1 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Madagascar
Type: Natural Cat's Eye Opal
Price: $ 18.25
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32.39ct Brownish Green Cat's Eye Opal

ID: 669731
Weight: 32.39ct
Size: 22.3 x 20.3 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Brazil
Type: Natural Cat's Eye Opal
Price: $ 80.98
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13.00ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 675212
Weight: 13.00ct
Size: 19.4 x 13.6 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Brazil
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 27.95
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1.13ct Fire Orange Fire Opal

ID: 674145
Weight: 1.13ct
Size: 8.1 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Round Facet
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Mexico
Type: Natural Fire Opal
Price: $ 39.55
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1.25ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 517047
Weight: 1.25ct
Size: 10.2 x 7.9 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 30.25
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1.25ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 548402
Weight: 1.25ct
Size: 9.1 x 7.1 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 343.75
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21.82ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 627639
Weight: 21.82ct
Size: 20.7 x 16.1 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Cushion Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 168.01
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37.98ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 667934
Weight: 37.98ct
Size: 30.4 x 22.1 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 113.94
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5.37ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 691379
Weight: 5.37ct
Size: 16.5 x 11.1 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Facet
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 241.65
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33.73ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 524127
Weight: 33.73ct
Size: 35.2 x 23.5 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 185.52
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1.26ct Bright Orange Fire Opal

ID: 673556
Weight: 1.26ct
Size: 8.1 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Round Facet
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Mexico
Type: Natural Fire Opal
Price: $ 44.10
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17.73ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 628050
Weight: 17.73ct
Size: 23.7 x 15.3 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 88.65
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20.55ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 522986
Weight: 20.55ct
Size: 31.9 x 16.1 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 113.03
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1.78ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 692466
Weight: 1.78ct
Size: 15.9 x 7.8 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 45.09
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42.73ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 322037
Weight: 42.73ct
Size: 27.5 x 20.8 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 329.02
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2.01ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 697509
Weight: 2.01ct
Size: 15.1 x 9.8 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 50.75
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2.71ct Intense Red Orange Fire Opal

ID: 675394
Weight: 2.71ct
Size: 11.9 x 9.2 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Facet
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Mexico
Type: Natural Fire Opal
Price: $ 87.61
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2.79ctw Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 516217
Weight: 2.79ct (total)
Size: 9.2 x 7.1 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 2 pcs
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 92.07
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2.61ct Golden Orange Cat's Eye Opal

ID: 693714
Weight: 2.61ct
Size: 10.8 x 6.5 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Madagascar
Type: Natural Cat's Eye Opal
Price: $ 7.83
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30.50ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 523672
Weight: 30.50ct
Size: 29.4 x 21.8 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 167.75
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2.25ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 696795
Weight: 2.25ct
Size: 14.3 x 8.5 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 56.81
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0.64ct Multicolor Chocolate Opal

ID: 572785
Weight: 0.64ct
Size: 6 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Round Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Chocolate Opal
Price: $ 21.12
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3.78ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 515850
Weight: 3.78ct
Size: 13.6 x 10 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Pear Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 83.16
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9.49ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 674162
Weight: 9.49ct
Size: 17.5 x 11.8 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 237.25
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0.79ct Medium Orange Fire Opal

ID: 583874
Weight: 0.79ct
Size: 7.8 x 5.9 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Facet
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Mexico
Type: Natural Fire Opal
Price: $ 17.38
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2.00ct Medium Red Fire Opal

ID: 673560
Weight: 2.00ct
Size: 11.2 x 8 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Facet
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Mexico
Type: Natural Fire Opal
Price: $ 70.00
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28.58ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 300453
Weight: 28.58ct
Size: 23.1 x 18.5 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 200.06
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1.90ct Multicolor Chocolate Opal

ID: 573422
Weight: 1.90ct
Size: 12.9 x 8.8 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Chocolate Opal
Price: $ 62.70
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1.79ctw Multicolor Opal

ID: 548531
Weight: 1.79ct (total)
Size: 8 x 6.1 mm
Clarity: Transparent
Content: 2 pcs
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
Price: $ 447.50
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1.71ct Multicolor Black Opal

ID: 696784
Weight: 1.71ct
Size: 10.2 x 7.9 mm
Clarity: Translucent
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Facet
Treatment: Smoked
Origin: Ethiopia
Type: Natural Black Opal
Price: $ 43.18
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35.99ct Multicolor Boulder Opal

ID: 575226
Weight: 35.99ct
Size: 45 x 23.8 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Fancy Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Boulder Opal
Price: $ 107.97
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50.36ct Multicolor Opal

ID: 667931
Weight: 50.36ct
Size: 36.9 x 27 mm
Clarity: Opaque
Content: 1 pc
Shape: Oval Cabochon
Treatment: Untreated
Origin: Australia
Type: Natural Opal
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Opals are thought of by many as the most beautiful and exciting of all gemstones. The fascinating play-of-color in which a rainbow of hues dances before your eyes is one of the true wonders of nature.

Opals are a unique gemstone in every sense of the word, from their crystal structure made up of millions of tiny spheres to their transparent, translucent or opaque bodies. They can be a single vivid color or a mix of all imaginable colors, have a light white background or a deep dark backing - the variety is endless.

Opal Colors

Describing the color of an opal is not simple. Some opals possess all the colors of the rainbow but never in regular lines or bands - more like an abstract painting or a random composition.

I will attempt to categorize opal colors as best I can.

We have the most common. White opals with a pale or light body tone upon which the kaleidoscopic colors will be displayed.

Then we have Black opals which have a dark body or background for the colors to contrast against in a dramatic manner.

There are also Fire opals which are generally all one color but the color is a vivid and intense hue often red, yellow or orange as the name may suggest.

The variety of opal colors is too vast to go into much detail but please read our article on Opals for more information.

Opal Species

The types of gemstones that fall under the name of opal are almost as endless as the colors they come in.

Just some of the more well-known ones are:

And we could go on and on!

Opal Price

As with most gemstones, it is the color of the opal that is the number one consideration when appraising its price.

Opals are such an irregular gemstone so there will always be different opinions about which is the most beautiful and we all have our own preferences but over the years certain trends have proved more valuable than others.

For example, an opal that has a dominant red color covering much of the gemstone surface will be very highly valued.

As a very general rule, as you move down the color spectrum from red and orange through green to blue the price lessens more and more.

The direction of the color is an aspect not found in many other stones. Because of the crystal structure of opals, some colors will appear clearer and brighter from one angle more than another.

Other factors have to be taken into account of course with color coverage, contrasts between the color and the background, color intensity and so on.

Carat Weight

Once an opal has been evaluated according to its color, intensity, play-of-color, coverage and so on it is given a price per carat to calculate the gemstone's total value.

Australian opals can be priced as low as $20 per carat all the way up to as much as $1000 per carat for the finest examples.

Fire Opals reach $15 - $100 per carat and Boulder Opals can be found at prices of $5 - $300 per carat depending on quality.

Treatments

Usually Opals are not treated other than by cutting and shaping the stone to capture the best color and pattern and then polishing it.

Some opals look better with a stark contrast between a dark background and a bright color up front. To his end smoke can be introduced into the gemstone's pores to darken the stone. For the same reasons, black opals can be treated with a sugar-acid solution.

A totally accepted form of treatment for opals is the doublet or triplet where a thin layer of opal is mounted onto a durable backing and sometimes given a clear top. This protects the very thin and fragile opal material.

All treatments received by any of our gemstones are clearly disclosed.

Where are Opals found?

Australia is the most famous source of opals with around 90% of the world's supplies originating there. Ethiopia has become a significant player in the Black Opal trade while Fire Opals are most often found in Mexico.

What jewelry is Opal suitable for?

Opals have a rating of 5.5 to 6.5 on Mohs hardness scale. This would normally make them a little bit fragile for many types of jewelry items and not suitable for daily wear.

However gemstones such as Boulder Opals and Matrix Opals are still attached to the durable rocks they formed in so are much tougher than the rating would suggest.

Opal couplets and triplets are also designed to be worn on a regular basis.

Large and striking opals cut into interesting odd shapes can help create wonderful and unique jewelry items, especially pendants, brooches and earrings where durability is not such an issue.

Birthstones and Anniversaries

Opals are the birthstone of October and would make an ideal gift for anyone who has a birthday in that month.

An opal is the traditional gemstone gift for the 14th wedding anniversary.

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FAQ's

What is an opal gemstone?

Opal is a unique gemstone known for its iridescent play-of-color, which can display a rainbow of colors when viewed from different angles. Opals are formed from silica deposits that have been deposited in rock crevices over millions of years. The play-of-color in opals is caused by the diffraction of light as it passes through the tiny silica spheres within the stone.

Why do opals show so many colors?

Opals display a unique play-of-color because of the diffraction of light passing through tiny silica spheres within its structure.

Are opals good luck or bad luck?

Opals are generally considered to be a symbol of good luck, hope, and purity in many cultures. They are believed to bring positive energy, creativity, and emotional healing to the wearer.

What does the term ,play-of-color, mean in opals?

,Play-of-color, refers to the phenomena where light breaks into spectral colors as it passes through the silica spheres in opal, creating a dazzling color display.

How should I care for my opal gemstone?

Opal gemstones should be cleaned gently with mild detergent in warm water and a soft brush or cloth. Avoid harsh chemicals and exposure to extreme temperatures.

What makes Australian opals unique?

Australian opals are unique due to their exceptional play-of-color. This play-of-color is often more intense and vivid in Australian opals compared to opals from other regions.

Can opals be used in engagement rings?

Yes, opals can be used in engagement rings, but they are softer and require more care than diamonds.

How can I tell if an opal is real?

Real opals have a unique play-of-color, are slightly cold to the touch, and have an uneven surface texture known as ,potch, or ,fire line.

What are the different types of opal?

Common types include black opal, white opal, fire opal, and boulder opal, each with distinctive colors and patterns.

Why are some opals more expensive than others?

Some opals are more expensive than others due to various factors such as their rarity, color intensity, clarity, and size. Opals with vibrant and rare colors like red or black are typically more valuable. Additionally, opals with a play-of-color effect, which is the unique way light reflects off the stone, can also increase their price.

How are opals formed?

Opals form from a solution of silicon dioxide and water. As the water evaporates, it leaves behind a silica deposit that forms the opal.

What colors do opals come in?

Opals can display virtually any color of the spectrum, from vibrant reds and oranges to beautiful blues and greens.

Can opals change color over time?

Generally, opals do not change colors, but they can lose their luster if they dry out or if water content changes.

What's the best way to clean opal jewelry?

Use lukewarm water with a gentle soap and a soft brush, and avoid ultrasonic cleaners.

How can I spot a fake opal?

Fake opals often have too perfect color uniformity and lack the natural color play of genuine opals. They may also feel smooth and glassy.

What's the meaning behind giving someone an opal?

Giving someone an opal is often associated with hope, purity, and protection.

Where are opals most commonly found?

Opals are most commonly found in Australia, particularly in regions such as New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. Other countries where opals are found include Mexico, Ethiopia, Brazil, Peru and the USA.

What should I look for when buying an opal?

Look for vibrant play-of-color, pattern, brightness, and a lack of inclusions or cracks.

Are opals fragile?

Yes, opals are relatively soft and sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture, making them more fragile than other gemstones.

How much do opals typically cost?

The cost of opals can vary greatly depending on factors such as type, quality, size, color, and rarity. On average, opals can range from a few dollars for smaller, lower-quality stones to thousands of dollars for larger, high-quality opals with vibrant colors and unique patterns.

Can opals be repaired if they get damaged?

While minor scratches can sometimes be polished out, significant damage to an opal is difficult to repair.

What's the rarest color of opal?

The rarest color of opal is considered to be red. Red opals are highly sought after for their intense and vibrant hues, making them quite valuable in the gemstone market.

Do opals have any specific healing properties?

Opals are believed to have various healing properties in different cultures and traditions. Some people believe that opals can enhance creativity, promote emotional healing, and bring positive energy into one's life.

Why do some opals have a black background?

Some opals have a black background due to the presence of dark or iron oxide impurities within the stone. These impurities can create a contrast that enhances the play of color in the opal, making it appear more vibrant and striking.

What is a fire opal?

A fire opal is a type of opal that displays vibrant red, orange, and yellow colors, resembling the fiery hues of a flame. Unlike traditional opals that exhibit a play of color with iridescent flashes, fire opals are known for their intense and consistent coloration.

Can opals be treated or enhanced?

Yes, some opals are treated to enhance their color or stability. Common treatments include impregnation with oil, wax, or plastic.

What's the difference between solid opals and doublets or triplets?

Solid opals are entirely natural, while doublets and triplets are composite opals that consist of a thin layer of precious opal bonded to a backing material. While doublets and triplets can be more affordable than solid opals, they are generally considered less valuable due to their composite nature.

Can opals be resized or recut?

Opals can be recut or reshaped by a skilled lapidary, but resizing opal-set rings must be done carefully to avoid damaging the stone.

What's a boulder opal?

A boulder opal is a type of opal that forms within ironstone boulders, hence the name. These opals are characterized by their unique patterns and colors, often displaying a combination of vibrant hues against a dark or earthy background. The ironstone matrix in which boulder opals are found can add interesting patterns and textures to the gemstone, making each piece truly one-of-a-kind.

How do I store my opal jewelry?

Store opal jewelry in a cool, moist area away from sunlight, and ideally in a soft cloth or padded container.

Are opals affected by water?

Opals are composed of hydrated silica, which means they contain water molecules within their structure. While opals are generally stable and not easily damaged by water, prolonged exposure to water or moisture can potentially cause them to lose their luster or develop cracks over time.

What are some popular opal jewelry styles?

Popular styles include solitaire rings, pendants, and earrings that allow light to enhance the opal's color play.

What is the birthstone month for opal?

Opal is considered one of the birthstones for the month of October.

Can I wear opal everyday?

Yes, but with caution due to its delicacy. It's best worn in settings that protect the stone, like bezel settings.

What myths are associated with opals?

One myth is that opals possess magical powers and can bring good luck, happiness, and creativity to the wearer. In ancient times, opals were believed to have healing properties and were used as protective talismans. Some cultures also believed that opals could make the wearer invisible or enhance their psychic abilities.

Are opals considered romantic?

Yes, their unique beauty and the lore surrounding them make opals a romantic choice for jewelry.

What settings are best for opal rings?

Bezel settings and other protective settings are best as they shield the opal from bumps and scratches.

How do opals compare to diamonds?

Opals are less hard (opals have a hardness of 5.5 to 6.5 on Mohs scale) and more prone to damage than diamonds, but offer a unique color play that diamonds do not have.

What is a matrix opal?

Matrix opal refers to opal specks interspersed through the host rock, which can be polished to show the opal within its natural setting.

How do opals react to light?

Opals are known for their unique play-of-color, which is the result of light interacting with the silica spheres within the gemstone. When light enters an opal, it is diffracted and scattered by these spheres, creating the vibrant colors that opals are famous for.

Can opals go in ultrasonic cleaners?

No, ultrasonic cleaners can cause cracking and should be avoided.

What celebrities are known to wear opals?

Celebrities like Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker have been seen wearing opal jewelry.

How does the quality of an opal affect its price?

The quality of an opal can significantly affect its price. Factors that influence the value of an opal include its play-of-color intensity, pattern, brightness, and overall clarity.

What's the best occasion to gift an opal?

Opals make great gifts for birthdays in October or for those celebrating a 14th wedding anniversary.

Are opals considered a good investment?

High-quality opals, especially those that are rare and have exceptional play-of-color, can be a good investment over time.

How can the weather affect my opal jewelry?

Sudden changes in temperature and humidity can cause opals to crack. It's best to avoid wearing opal jewelry in extreme weather conditions.

What is the best setting for opal earrings?

To protect opals from potential damage, closed-back settings that offer support and minimize moisture loss are ideal for earrings.

Why does my opal look different in different lighting?

Opals can appear differently depending on the light source due to their unique optical traits. Sunlight typically brings out the best color play.

How does opal rank on the Mohs hardness scale?

Opal ranks about 5.5 to 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, making it softer than many other gemstones.

What is an Ethiopian opal?

An Ethiopian opal is a type of opal that is mined in Ethiopia. These opals are known for their vibrant play-of-color, which can display a wide range of colors and patterns.

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