Pattern refers to overall character and look of the stone. Ask yourself these questions;
- Is it bright
- Are the colors subtle
- Does the the gem look at you and play with your eyes?
Lightning Ridge black opal displays a wide variety of patterns which contribute to its beauty and value. The broader and more distinct patterns such as straw, ribbon and harlequin occur rarely and are highly prized. Smaller patterns such as floral and pinfire are more common. Many boulder opals are called picture stones as they often mirror elements of nature. White opal usually exhibits smaller pattern.
Here are some examples of patterns in opal that has been sold by us in the past.