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How to identify an opal triplet

Opal triplets have fooled many people.  Thinking they are buying an opal solid, the stone or jewelry piece is actually only a slice of opal that is  enhanced. Don’t get me wrong, triplets have their place – if all you can afford is triplet – go for it I say but, buyer beware, if you are actually thinking you are buying a solid at an unbelievable price, look closely.   So what is an opal triplet? An opal triplet is a slice of opal that enhanced by darkening the body tone and magnifying the slice of colour with a domed quartz or glass top.  If the seller still calls it…

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Some things you need to know about opal types

Black Opal Black opal is the most rare and valuable of all the opal types in the world. It is only found in very few pockets at either ends of the earth. Mostly black opal is found in a little town called Lightning Ridge in the outback of Australia.  The black opal is the rarest because of its phenomena of a dark bodytone which we call black potch. The black potch is what forms naturally on the precious opal color to give it its bright vibrance and rarity.  Crystal Opal Crystal opal is the second most rare opal type with its clearer appearance. Unlike black opal the crystal opal has…

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The difference between white opal and crystal opal

In this video we explain the difference between white opal and crystal opal. White opal N8 and N9 on the body tone scale Translucent Not usually as bright as crystal opal Crystal Opal N7 – N8 on the body tone scale Semi transparent Can exhibit brighter color than white opal As with all opal, grading can be subjective. There is a fine line between crystal opal and white opal – both could be N8 on the body tone scale and then it becomes a matter of opinion. As always, you need to use the scale as a guide only. Ultimately it is about what appeals directly to you or the…

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