Australian Opals and Opal Jewelry
Just imagine the look on her face when you make a gift of a marvelous piece of Australian opal jewelry! Australian opal is truly unique and because of its amazing variety of colors and patterns, can be matched to practically any personality. This gem is even fit for a queen. Queen Victoria always wore pieces of opal jewelry throughout her reign, as she encouraged members of her court to also wear one of these stones.
Opals Used in Australian Opal Jewelry
Australia is the main source of over ninety six percent of all commercial opals. Australian opals are considered to be one of the most beautiful gemstones in the world. Each gemstone is unique and though they may be similar to another one, if you look closely you will see the differences.
The stone is mined in many locations throughout New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The main areas of production are in Mintabie, Lightning Ridge, Coober Pedy, Andomooka and the recently developed Seven-Water Holes Field at Lambina Station.
Most opals in Australian mines are found among cretaceous rocks (The Cretaceous is a geologic period said to be from 145 to 65 million years ago. But it must be said there is wide speculation about ages of things and experiments have shown that opal can form in a relatively short period of time), but there is one exception, the opal from Mintabie area is found on Paleozoic rocks. Australian opals may form in a vertical or horizontal posture in the sandstorm, as well as, in fossilized formation.
Because Australia is a very old hot climate, particular in the ‘outback’ or interior regions, opal, which is a hydrated silica [containing a percentage of water] has had a chance to dry out gradually over a very long period of time, therefore making the stone more secure and acceptable for jewelry purposes.
Australian Opal Jewelry is as Unique as Australia Itself
The infinite variety of color and pattern makes opal a very special stone. Opal is unique in that the stone changes color when it is rocked back and forth or when it moves on the neck
so mounting it in Australian opal jewelry displays the rock in the very best setting.
- Each opal has a base or background color; and
- The front of the stone is displayed against this background in an interplay of colors in a distinctive pattern.
Base or background colors range from crystal clear with translucent blues or greens to opaque pearly white, greys right through to pitch black. The pattern colors you see overlay the base color of opal which can roll, flicker or change as the opal moves. Often there is great variety in the hues, sometimes covering the entire spectrum of the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet. With all these variations, opal is so versatile that it fits everyone’s choice.
Australian Opal Jewelry for Everyone
Australian opal jewelry is displayed in the full gamut of jewelry settings: rings, earrings, pendants, brooches, bracelets, studs, cufflinks and other type of jewelry to suit every occasion and budget. You can even have custom-made opal jewelry for your engagement ring or for any other appropriate gift giving occasion. Or maybe you just want to spoil yourself
For those who love jewelry but cannot afford diamonds and the other high-priced stones, Australian opal jewelry is their best option for it is not only elegant and fashionable but very much affordable.