Australia being my adopted country by choice, I have a fascination for Opals which are the national gemstone of Australia.
Opals are one of the most sought after gemstones among the connoisseurs due to the fact that they exhibit play of colours and bring out a special fire that is totally different from any other gemstones.
Opals can be found beside Australia in Ethiopia, Mexico, Brazil, USA and Peru.
Opals come in few varities in terms of optical density from opaque to semi-transparent and transparent.
The semi-transparent Opals are mainly find in Peru, the Fire Opal which is a transparent and translucent opal and colours vary from yellow to orange are from Mexico.
Opals are mainly cut into cabochon to produce the solid Opal which has the most play of colour. The Red against the Black Opals are the most sought after and rarest of Opal kinds, given the White against Green is the most common.
Here are few of my favourite Opals that I just shared recently on my social media platforms.
Enjoy and stay tuned for more articles on Opals.
10ct Black Opal – Video Courtesy of John Bannayan of Burke & Bannayan Jewelers