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6.75ct Black Opal – £72,000

This opal is very lively, showing off very bright, and very rich fiery colours that show all of the time. The deep and strong, bright cherry red, blends to perfection with a mix of green, orange and blues. The peacock blue lays slightly deeper, just underneath the red, a gorgeous shade that contrasts and lifts the … Continue reading »

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Opal Buying Guide

Opal Buying Guide – Seven steps in choosing an opal Opal Type – Solid Opal – Made of a single solid piece of opal, this is the most valuable type of opal. Depending on the rarity of colours and patters Solid Opals can cost as much as a top grade diamond on a per Carat … Continue reading »

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What are Fake Opals?

Fake opals are produced by synthesizing the silica beads that form natural opal. Fake opals are easy to spot by their regular play-of-colour due to identically sized silica beads. An experienced eye should be able to distinguish a fake opal from a natural solid opal with ease. A trick of the trade is to hold … Continue reading »

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What Are Boulder Opals?

Boulder Opals are natural formations of thin opal on ironstone. The opal appears naturally in thin seams between the ironstone rock, and is cut in such a way as to retain the ironstone backing. Boulder Opal is very strong because of the naturally melded ironstone, and the dark backing gives the opals the same benefit … Continue reading »

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What Are Triplet Opals?

A Triplet Opal is similar to a doublet opal in that it is a man made stack of different materials, including some real opal. In the case of a Triplet Opal, the slice of opal is generally paper thin. This paper thin slice of opal is mounted on a dark background of stone or plastic … Continue reading »

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What Are Doublet Opals?

Doublet Opals are a man made gem which uses a thin slice of real solid opal, and attaches it to a black stone or plastic backing to enhance the stones colour. If the stone is mounted so that the back and sides aren’t visible, it can be difficult to differentiate a doublet opal from a … Continue reading »

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