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Five Opal Patterns Explained

Every opal is unique but with my help, there are a few common patterns that you’ll be able to recognise!

Today I’m going to take you through some of the stones in stock and talk about five different opal patterns.

Moss Pattern

Moss pattern is common to the Grawin Opal Fields in Lightning Ridge and shows a fairly even play of color that moves within the ‘moss’, never disappearing.

Moss Pattern

Sky Mackerel Pattern

Sky Mackerel pattern is a rare pattern that looks like the rippled clouds of a sunset sky.

Sky Mackerel Pattern

Chinese Writing / Calligraphy Pattern

Chinese Writing (or Calligraphy) pattern is called so because it looks like the visual art of Chinese calligraphy within the opal. This is quite a rare pattern and one of my favorites.

Chinese Writing / Calligraphy Pattern

Broad Flash Pattern

Broad Flash pattern shows a broad flash of color that moves across the whole stone and then disappears.

Broad Flash Pattern

Rolling Flash Pattern

Similar to Cats Eye pattern in other gemstones, Rolling Flash pattern rolls across the face of the stone in an impressive color show.

Rolling Flash Pattern

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