Addicted to Opal? Coober Pedy's mines are producing $15m worth of Opals every year so there is a steady stream to keep those addictions at bay.
A blog for Opal Lovers by Opal Lovers
This question gets asked quite a lot in emails and also by customers who come into the shop.
So just what is the difference between solid opals and opal doublets / opal triplets?
While us jewellers tend to be an honest bunch (our reputation depends on it!) unfortunately there are a select few that won't let on about what exactly a piece of jewellery might be.
Hopefully this post should give you all the tools you need to identify exactly what you are getting. Read on to find out just what the difference is between the three.
If you watched the Oscars this year you might have noticed that Cate Blanchett won the best actress category for her role in Blue Jasmine. A couple of things you might not have noticed is the pair of stunning Opal earrings she is wearing. The earrings consist of 62 white opals totalling 33ct set in white gold.
As if that wasn't impressive enough the combined cost of the earrings, and diamond laced gown came in at an impressive £10.9 Million (~$18.5 Million AUD).
Her dress was from the Armani Prive Fall 2013 Collection and cost an estimated £60,000, according to. Along with the Opal earrings she wore a brown diamond bracelet and a pear-shaped diamond ring, bringing the total cost of her jewellery to above £10.8 million.
All of the jewellery was on loan from luxury accessories supplier Chopard and gave her outfit an Australian feel to it as both opals and brown diamonds are commonly mined down under.
Check out a gallery & video of the earrings below:
A quick search or two on Google will uncover that Opals are quite a popular gemstone, in fact 5th or 6th most popular in the world depending on what you read. This may have something to do with their unique material composition, which gives it an exquisite look once set on different jewelry designs.
Unspeakable beauty is hidden within opals. They are magical, colorful, and brilliant. Their natural shape is unique and their very existence means a lot to us. However, we learned that we can get even more out from them, more light, more color, and more brilliance. For that reason they are being cut, polished, and shaped into a variety of forms – and only to make them look even livelier and more attractive.
Many stones, like emerald, aquamarine, and diamond are very beautiful in their natural form, and can be used as such. But, most of the opals need their shape and size to be adjusted for a very simple reason - rough specimens found in nature contain a number of impurities, cracks, and uneven color distribution.
You Should Definitely Keep These Basic Principles in Mind When Buying Opal Online
General knowledge of online shopping can be applied to buying opals as well. Online shopping is good for those who hate crowds and malls, and great for others who find it hard to think clearly with a salesman interfering and pressuring. Just sit back, relax, and browse the websites that offer nice opal jewelry whose beauty can be admired without any obligation. Watch, inspect, compare and, eventually, make a purchase if you really like something. Of course, you always have to keep some basic principles in mind, so to avoid being scammed.
Aurora Borealis caught in the stone, colors of the rainbow spectacularly flashing or the fire of love burning within the gem – that’s what an opal is. People have adored opals for thousands of years now, but they became really popular in the first half of the previous century, with the discovery of opal fields around Coober Pedy, Andamooka, and Mintabie in South Australia. The most common type of opal found here is white – a precious white gem, gentle and beautiful.
Only a few gemstones in the world can evoke such a thrill and admiration as opals. But, among many different types of opals, one stands out – the fire opal. However, not all fire opals are the same.
Fire opals were first discovered in Australia, in the second half of 19th century and people immediately fell in love with them. Australians started to exploit and mine fire opals in order to sell them to rich customers in Europe, the most famous aficionado being the Queen of the United Kingdom, Victoria, who had the entire collection of Australian opal jewelry.
Located in the north of South Australia, Coober Pedy is a town of not more than a few thousands inhabitants and the owner of a high-sounding title – the opal capital of the world! But, when you learn about its history and importance its more than 70 opal fields have in the market, you’ll have to admit that this town deserves its somewhat pretentious name.