The name is derived from an Indian word for "stone". It comes in a variety of colors, backgrounds and textures. It is a fascinating stone all about "the play of color". Australia produces around 97% of the world's opal. That said, there are opal deposits around the world. Fire opal is named after its orange color and has become a very popular fashion gemstone in the last few years. There are important fire opal deposits in Mexico. Opals are usually divided into three groups, precious opal, (white, black and boulder opal) fire opal and common opal. Common opal is what most of us are familiar with, white, opaque with very little play of color.
Opal is the birthstone for October and there is nothing common about beautiful opals! They are so unique in their appearance, you can spend hours watching the light reflect from all different angles. Sigh.
Opal ring by Katherine Jetter. Photo courtesy of Katherine Jetter.
Fire opal earrings capped with gold, diamonds and orange sapphires by Martin Katz. Photo courtesy of Martin Katz.
Classic Opal Pendant by Katherine Jetter. Photo courtesy of Katherine Jetter.
Irene Neuwirth boulder opal and rose cut diamond earrings. Photo Courtesy of Irene Neuwirth.
Monique Pean Peruvian opal and diamond necklace. Photo courtesy of Barney's.
Solange Azagury Partridge Opal Fruit Bangle in 18k blackened white gold featuring rubies and colored sapphires. Photo courtesy of Solange Azagury Partridge
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