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We recently had the privilege to work with this wonderful group of gem opals in the 7 to 10 carat category. The top row are opals from Mexico, including the orange red Fire Opal, and the others from Australia’s famous Lightning Ridge and Coober Pedy fields. The term Fire Opal refers specifically to those Mexican […]
How to tell if an opal is real??? Real opal vs lab created has always been a hot topic of the gemstone world. So, let’s dive in and see how you can spot a synthetic opal. A lab-created or fake opal does not radiate brightly under UV light! Unlike real opal, the opal created in the lab let out peculiar, arranged color flashes. These opals are oddly absorbent when compared to natural opals.
I think that gem quality opal is amongst the most spectacular of gemstones, forget your boring diamonds (I say that with tongue in cheek) but the play of colour on a black opal for example can be mesmerising. The finest quality opals can fetch prices that are up there with the most expensive diamonds and emeralds. Opal is quite a soft gemstone and has a hardness of 5.5 - 6 on the Mohs scale, because of this it is best suited to brooches or earrings or pendants where it is not coming into…