Opal Jewelry, Black Opals, Boulder Opals Direct from the mines
Opal is our specialty, in all its amazing colors, shapes and Patterns. Browse stunning pictures of Opal Jewelry in all its varieties of Rings, Pendants, Earrings, Bracelets, and beads. Black Opal, Boulder Opal, Crystal and White opal in eye catching settings. Opalmine, a much trusted ‘Grandfather’ site, has been doing business on the net for nearly 20 years. Here you get internationally guarantees that do not disappear after a few months, but go on indefinitely. Our personalized service for over 40 years experience is legendary.
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Opal is the only gemstone on earth capable of capturing the entire range of the color spectrum in one precious dynamic jewel. It is often referred to as ‘The rainbow stone’ Please take a look here to see a pictorial guide to the different types of opal.
Black Opals have a dark or black background, causing the color to jump out and tantalize your eye as if alive. Boulder Opal, another variety of Black Opal, not only has this same unique quality but is combined with patterns and pictures like nothing you have ever seen. Each of these magnificent pieces is new and different and you will find that it will become a part of your personality as you wear it. If you are buying an opal for someone else, just think about their color preferences and jewelry likes, and you will find something to fit their needs and your pocket. At opalmine Opal Jewelry, Black Opals, Boulder Opals Direct from the mines are fashioned into all sorts of designer jewelry.
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Appearance and Characteristics of Opal:
The opal is said to be over 60 million years old but this is questionable. More recent analysis seems to indicate that opal can develop in a relatively short period of time but whatever is the case, Australian opals are sought after because of their reputation of being secure with dynamic flashes of color set against a dark background. Hence the term ‘black’ or ‘dark’ opal. Until black opal was discovered in Australia, the world had only seen white or light colored opal.
One of the unique characteristics of the stone is its opalescence. It has a rainbow-like iridescence that changes according to the angle of observation. The stone possesses the ability to reflect and refract particular wavelengths of light. This play of color really makes opal jewelry come alive! There are some beautiful gemstones in the world but this stone has the unique characteristic of being able to change colors as it is moved. You could say (as did the ancient historian Pliny) that opal is a combination of many gemstones. “The red of the ruby, the green of the emerald, the blue of the sapphire, the purple of the amethyst, all glittering together in union indescribable” – Pliny