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Precious Color Play Opal.

Featured Opal limited-time offers. Only 306 gems left.

Natural Opal Single Pear 3.780 CTS
Opal Single Pear Translucent

Pear, 14.80 MM X 8.80 MM, 3.780 CTS, Translucent,

NOW ONLY USD 74.30
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Natural Opal Single Pear 4.590 CTS
Opal Single Pear Translucent

Pear, 16.20 MM X 10.10 MM, 4.590 CTS, Translucent,

NOW ONLY USD 72.51
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Natural Opal Single Oval 6.770 CTS
Opal Single Oval Translucent

Oval, 15.50 MM X 12.90 MM, 6.770 CTS, Translucent,

NOW ONLY USD 194.97
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Natural Opal Single Marquise 5.730 CTS
Opal Single Marquise Translucent

Marquise, 16.60 MM X 9.90 MM, 5.730 CTS, Translucent,

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Natural Opal Single Oval 6.090 CTS
Opal Single Oval Translucent

Oval, 17.50 MM X 14.40 MM, 6.090 CTS, Translucent,

NOW ONLY USD 101.25
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Natural Opal Single Oval 3.460 CTS
Opal Single Oval Translucent

Oval, 16.00 MM X 9.40 MM, 3.460 CTS, Translucent,

NOW ONLY USD 84.29
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What is Opal?

Opal is the most colorful of all gemstone. Precious opal reflects light with a play of brilliant colours across the visible spectrum, red being the most valued. Its splendid play of color is unsurpassed, and fine examples can be more valuable than diamond.

The play of colours in precious opal arises from the diffraction of light from submicroscopic layers of regularly oriented silica spheres. Opal usually contains 4 to 9 percent water, but lower and much higher values have been observed. When heated, opal may lose as much as 20 percent of its weight of water, fracture, and then crystallize to one of the silica minerals.

Depending on the origin of the opal, the durability and stability of the gemstone is variable. Mexican, Brazilian, and Australian opals appear to be quite stable. Chocolate colored Ethiopean opals from the Mezezo deposit are quite attractive but crack easily as a result of even the slightest temperature variations.

The most important and exciting new discovery of opal is in Ethiopia near Wegel Tena, 200km north of Mezezo and 550km north of Addis Abba. Unlike opals from Mezezo, these gems are remarkably tough and resistant to crazing. The body color is typically brownish orange to white, transparent to white, and with or without play of color. Perhaps the most unusual feature of the material is its hydrophane (water absorbing) character. When soaked in water, many of the stones become transparent.

Looking for one of a kind custom opal jewelry piece?

Custom opal jewelry at David Wein

Please find your Opal and visit our online jewelry workshop. Our approach to custom jewelry highlights the qualities of each individual gemstone to create a personalized design that enhances and respects the integrity of the stone.

Ask a Certified Gemologist

1-646-448-0359 in USA or drop us an email and we will get back to you within 6 hours.

Opal
3.780 CTS
Opal
4.590 CTS
Opal
6.770 CTS
Opal
5.730 CTS
Opal
6.090 CTS
Opal
3.460 CTS
Opal
4.590 CTS
Opal
3.460 CTS
Opal
3.710 CTS
Opal
8.550 CTS

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