Our opals are affordable opals and not those exceptional opals you see only in pictures or in museums. Each opal we have available has its own character you can cherish forever. Usually the higher price per carat indicates the flash is more lively and colorful, more evenly distributed, a rarer base color, or have an unusual characteristic, or have any combination thereof.
Common opals do not have the iridescence or flash (also called "fire") that is characteristic to precious opals. They are generally opaque, translucent, cloudy, and have a rather dull, pale, unattractive color. The spheres of silica that compose common opal are too large or not set in orderly arrays which are the key factors for transmitting the iridescence (diffracted color play) normally seen in precious opals. These opals are plentiful and have very little value. Rarely would we have opals of this nature on our lists.
Precious opals have the characteristic iridescence or flash (also called "fire") that is normally associated with opals. All of the following are different classifications of precious opals that we usually have available for purchase:
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