All of Nature’s splendour seems to be reflected in the manifold opulence of fine opals: fire and lightening, all the colours of the rainbow and the soft shine of far seas. Australia is the classical country of region. Almost 95% of all fine opals come from the dry and remote outback deserts, Australia.
The Roman author, Pliny called Opal a gemstone which combines the best possible characteristics of the most beautiful of gemstones: the fine sparkle of Almandine, the shining purple of Amethyst, the golden yellow Topaz, and the deep blue of Sapphire, “so that all colours shine and sparkle together in a beautiful combination”.
Play of Colour in precious Opal
Opal’s colour play emanates a very special attraction and fascination. But what causes this phenomenon? This question was impossible to answer for a very long time. Only when in 1960s a team of Australian scientists analysed Opals with an electron microscope, it was discovered that small spheres from silica gel caused interference and refraction manifestations, which are responsible for that fantastic play of colours. The spheres, which are arranged in more or less compact structures, succeed in dissecting the light on its passage through the gemstone and turning it into all the colours of the rainbow, always new and always different.
Opal Shop in Sydney
You can find the beautiful Australian Solid Opals in our Sydney store. We are Australia’s largest retailer of designer Black Opal, Boulder Opal and Crystal Opal jewellery. We only carry solid Opals and do not sell doublets or triplets. We have the finest quality Opals at the most competitive price. We have unset Opal stones, Sterling Silver Opal jewellery, as well as 18k gold and platinum Opal jewellery. We have the largest collection of Opal earrings, Opal rings, Opal pendants, Opal bangles and Opal bracelets in Sydney. We are also licensed Duty Free.