Opals Of The World
Australian Opals have been the main source for Opals over the last century with an estimated 97% of productioncoming from Australian Opal fields
The newest fields areEthiopian they started producing opals in commercial quantities just over 10 years ago. The oldest recordedopal mines are inSlovakia which produced crystal opals.
Opal buyers can view all these fabulous opals of the world online to compare and contrastthe spectacular display of colours that no other gemstone displays.
From Rare Harlequin black opals to stunning Honeycomb patterns on Ethiopian opals each country offers a opal that is unique. Giving each owner thepleasure of owning theirown individual piece that no one else has. Compared to other gemstones that really do all look so similar from sapphires to rubies to even diamonds
But opal has been created by mother nature so unique that it is rare to get two matching
This is one reason why opals are so popular and getting expensive as demand is increasing more than supply
Top opal producing areas now include
Lightning Ridge Black opal at Lightning Ridge NSW
Coober Pedy opal from South Australia
Virgin Valley Opals
North Eastern brazil opal mines
Famous Tablon Opal mine
Volcanic opal mined in Kalima River in java
Opals From Andean mountains
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It is amazing as 20 years ago I thought that just Australia produced 99% of the words opals
But today so much is coming out of Ethiopia in Africa and the prices are very reasonable
I have seen the American opal with wood vegetation and now we have Indonesian wood type opals and I find these pleasure to view. They look like petrified wood as black charcoal colour compared to quartz looking opals like honey or Prase opals.
The big question is which country’s opals will rise more in the future?