The Opal is a stunning precious gemstone formed from water and silica (the main component in glass). They are one of only six types of precious gemstones found on our planet. These iridescent stones share the gemstone limelight with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls.
Here at Allgem, we adore Opals and have a range of stunning custom opal jewellery pieces available for purchase. But before you shop, let’s learn a little bit more about this beautiful stone.
Are opals only found in Australia?
Almost 95% of all loose Opals in the world are mined in Australia, with the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Brazil also home to Opal mines.
What is the history of opals?
The earliest known Opal artifact dates back to around 4,000 B.C. They were discovered in a cave in Kenya by famous anthropologist Louis Leakey. History suggests the Aztecs were also mining Opals in South and Central America around this time.
What is the rarest opal colour?
Depending on where it formed, Opals can be transparent, translucent, or opaque, with white, black, or nearly any background colour. The rarest Opal colour is the Black Opal which has a very dark body tone. Their dark body tone makes the colours in black opals appear rich and intense.
Where does the Opal get its name?
The word ‘opal’ comes from the Latin term opalus, but its origin is a matter of debate, and many modern references say it comes from the Sanskrit word úpala.
Are opals good luck?
During the Middle Ages, Opal was considered good luck as it was believed to possess the virtues of each gemstone colour represented in the colour spectrum of the Opal. Like a rainbow, the Opal was thought to bring its owner good fortune.
Are Opals a good investment?
To date, the most significant Opal ever found is the Olympic Australis. This magnificent stone, valued at A$2,500,000, was discovered in 1956 at the ‘Eight Mile’ opal field in the mining town of Coober Pedy in South Australia.
Each Opal’s value differs, depending on the unique qualities of the Opal. Bodytone, the play of colour, colours present, brilliance, pattern, and size all contribute to a stone’s value. Each stone is unique, making them an excellent investment for any jewellery lover.
Why choose Allgem jewellers in Perth for your Opals?
From stunning opal earrings to a statement pearl pendant, the expert team at Perth’s Allgem Jewellers can help you find the perfect piece of opal jewellery.
Conveniently located in Hay Street Mall in the Perth CBD, Allgem’s wide range of gemstone jewellery pieces will suit all personal style and design preferences.
Contact us today or visit our showroom to look at our wide range of luxurious gemstone jewellery.