Black Opal unset
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Field: Lightning Ridge (Australia)
Stone Size: 11×9 mm
Weight: 1.4 cts
Packaging: Gem pouch
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This means that the stones are not set into jewelry. In other words, they are cut and polished ready for setting
Note: Although it is not seen in the picture, one end of this stone is jelly-crystal, the other opaque black opal. A most unique piece.
Black Opal Description:
The term can be a bit confusing because some think that black opal is black but in actual fact, it’s the darkness or blackness of the background that gives the stone its name. So black opals are of the family of Dark opals, whereas White and Crystal opal come from the Light opal family. So, all black opals are dark opals but not all dark opals are black opals. The darkness varies between mid-grey to really pitch black.
This quality Black opal comes from the Lightning Ridge Opal fields. Stones like this are becoming rarer as the opal fields are running out. The price of Opal, unlike many gemstones, is influenced by supply and demand, not by international cartels who agree on price increases. Hence, opal is destined to go up in value as the supply becomes more restricted which is happening at present. The color of these stones is completely natural, in contrast to diamonds [for example] which depends on man-made facets to reflect the spectrum colors.
The patterns and shapes that present themselves in Black opal are amazing and the ‘change of color’ evident has to be seen to be believed and is only approximated by means of photography.
Late opal gift card:
If you are running late in receiving your gift please take note of our ‘free late opal gift card’. All you need to do is send us the name of the giver and receiver and we will email it to you for printing.
The opal comes with an international guarantee certificate..
backed up by our over 40 years of impeccable reputation in the Australian opal industry. Please see what many of our customers have reported about us over the years, and keep in mind that these are only a few of the thousands we have either in signature or commentary form.