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Crystal Opals

Crystal opals are found in almost every area where gem colored opal is formed. Lightning Ridge has produced some of the best crystal opals I have ever seen, with Coober Pedy a close second. Australian opal mining fields are one of the most prevalent in gem Crystal opal. Top-quality crystal opal from Lightning Ridge comes in the form of nobby opal, while the gem quality that comes from Coober Pedy is formed in Seam opal. It is unexplained why only Lighting Ridge is the only place that nobby opal occurs. Brazilian Opal is now becoming more popular with some very lovely gem opal popping up in markets all around the…

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White Opals

White opal is a more common opal heavily marketed in the early days of opal trading, which is what most think about when they think of opal. White opal has a very light body tone to it giving the opal a white look and appearance. White opal can come in all different colors from blue, green, orange, red etc.…  The most expensive color is red, but that doesn’t mean that it is worth more than blue. It depends on its brightness. White opal is a lower quality opal to black opal and crystal opal and even some grey opal. Most white opal is found in seams or bands in the…

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Black Crystal Opal

Black crystal opal is a rare type of opal. It is tough to find black crystal opal in large quantities because its makeup is hard for nature to replicate. The black crystal opal has a clear looking effect with a dark tint that is shown right through the opal solid. If you hold the opal up to the light, you will be able to see through it but not as easy as crystal opal.  So if you hold a Black crystal opal in your hand, you will not be able to see through it if you don’t hold the opal up to the light. It will look just like black…

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