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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 wearer that counts!

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