Perhaps the most intriguing of all gems for its capacity to display multicolored flashes of light at the same time. When in movement, it gives the visual sensation of a living object.
Australia and Brazil are the only important sources of precious opal. Production has been irregular; consequently, the finer qualities are quite rare.
Color: white opal has a light body color. Black opal has a dark body color. The rare presence of the set of colors effect is what makes the opal precious.
Set of Colors: the quality of the precious opal is determined by the quality and distribution of the multicolored flashes of light within each cabochon cut opal.
Transparency: translucent to semi-transparent.
Pioneers: Amsterdam Sauer was responsible for the discovery of the first Brazilian opal deposits.
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