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Opal

Precious opal is unique among gemstones, because it exhibits a rainbow of many different colours on a background ranging from translucent white to the rare deep black. While common opal usually can be white to different shades of gray and black, it may also occur in blue and pink as seen in Peruvian opal. Common opal usually does not show any play of colour. Precious opal with play of colour is much rarer and is found in fewer places than common opal. The best known localities for precious opal have long been Australia, although, among others, Mexico, several states in the west of the USA and Slovakia have yielded precious opal over the years. Only recently a new locality for precious opal has been found in Ethiopia.




 
   

Australian Fire Opal

In the past, non-play of colour orange to red “fire opal” was best known from its sources in Mexico. While Australian opal varieties such as black opal, white, opal, and crystal opal are from sedimentary deposits, fire opal is from volcanic deposits. While lower grade material is cloudy and dull in appearance, the finer quality is translucent to transparent. Most are faceted with some cut into cabochons. The finest are transparent and a rich bright red colour and can reach $500 per carat. The orange colour range is still quite beautiful but does sell for prices below the red.
 

 

 

 





 

 

   

 



Win this 22 carat parcel of Tourmalines valued at R10 000

Use your  creativity to turn this parcel of faceted tourmalines into something special.

The competition is open to anyone who makes a purchase with the value (ex shipping) of over R500 between 1 October and 30 Novermber 2014 on the website.  

The winner will be announced in our monthly newsletter during the first week of December.

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