Mythology of Opals?

Answer Opals, Australia's national gemstone, have been known and admired since the beginning of written history. Considered a semiprecious stone, opals come in a variety of shades and are found and admire... Read More »

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Where do opals come from?

Opals come mostly from Australia. Nearly 95 percent of the world's supply comes from Australia, where they were first found in 1849. Opals are also found in northern Brazil, Mexico, Idaho, Nevada, ... Read More »

How to Buy Opals?

The birthstone of October, opals are a fascinating stone. The fire in the opal, caused by diffraction, displays all the colors of the rainbow. Almost 95 percent of opals are found in Australia, alt... Read More »

Colors of Opals?

Opals are delicate gemstones found in Mexico, Brazil, the United States, Japan and Honduras. The greatest proportion of the world's opals, and those of finest quality, come from Australia. Up until... Read More »

How do I Identify Opals?

Australia is home to 95 percent of the world's supply of the precious gemstone, opal. Opal is most commonly found as a seam or filled-in portion of a crack in sandstone, and is usually identified b... Read More »