Opals are a birthstone for October and so much more. I am brazenly fascinated by opals, and I encourage everyone to love them too. [i] Let's dive in.
Where opals are found
We named our homage to this beautiful gem “Sky Mountain”. When Peruvian opals are cut, it is common to leave little pieces of matrix (the soil supporting the gem) on the cut gem. The overall effect is of the sky and earth touching each other.
People associate black opals with Australia and especially Lightening Ridge. Black opals were also just discovered in Ethiopia.
A look at the play of color pictured in the polished black opal pictured above. It demonstrates why they are so valued. Opals enhance our world.
I added Mexican fire opals to my bucket list a long time ago. Can you imagine earrings created from these stunning gems? WOW
Some opals, like the one pictured above from Slovakia, excite while soothing the soul. I would love to see this gem cut as polished beads or as a cabochon for a ring. The joy would be to locate this quality while capturing the blue iridescence of the Ethiopian opals and the fire flashes of Mexican opals. Any wonder why I shop the globe to find all manner of gems at great prices? Happy hunting everyone.
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[i] While people consider opals unlucky, please file this superstition away as an urban myth dating back to the 1800s and a novel by Sir Walter Scott.