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Gem Black Opal

How is Gem Black Opal found? Gem black Opal is found in the formation of a nobby (rounded nodule) or in a seam. Lightning Ridge in Australia is the only sedimentary deposit in the world for Gem Black Opal. What is the appearance of Gem Black Opal? Black Opal has a natural dark appearance. The opal has a black potch backing with a colour bar on top of the potch. Gem Black Opal usually comes in the colours of green, orange & red. The best color is red blue. All of these colours are interchangeable. No two pieces of opal will ever be identical making each piece rare & individual.…

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Free Form Opal

Free form opal

Free form opal is opal that has been carved or polished to display the beauty of the opals natural state. A free form opal is cut to maximise colour with no specific shape in mind. A free form opal has a distinct rarity value as you will never be able to cut another exact piece. No two pieces of opal are identical. Free form opal can also mean a picture stone can be cut. The photo above is a free-form cut opal named “The Butterfly Wing.” Justin Thomas of Black Opal Direct will happily tell you that since the cutting of this opal another free form opal displaying this natural…

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Opal Matrix

Matrix when referred to opal can be a number of different things. The most commonly known type of opal matrix is Andamooka Matrix. Andamooka matrix is a treated type of opal. The color will only be visible when it has been treated by boiling it in sugar and then using acid to treat it. Even though matrix opal can look beautiful the beholder, don’t be fooled that it is worth the same as natural solid opal. I have seen many people invest in matrix opal and not know what they buying and paying too much. Andamooka will be a very 2 dimensional type of opal with no depth of play…

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