Black opal is one of the many fascinating varieties of opal available today and it also happens to be one of the most popular varieties. In 2008, Australia officially recognized this and proclaimed black opal to be the official state gemstone for New South Wales. Common opal was already the official gemstone representing all of Australia, because, amazingly, almost all of the world's supply of black opal is mined from New South Wales and an astonishing 97% of all common opal is sourced from Australia.
Black opal is by far the most valuable and appreciated of all opal varieties, especially those from Australia's famous Lightning Ridge. Often, black opal stones will contain aspects of common opal which remain intact throughout production. Typically, common opal is strategically left on the backside of finished black opal stones. The common opal, referred to as 'potch', actually enhances the black opal body tone and accentuates the boisterous vibrancy of other colors that black opal can radiate. It is because of black opal's ability to display such vivid and intense colors that black opal is considered to be the most valuable type of opal available today.
Black Opal Gemstone Properties
Color: Black, Play of Color
Hardness: 5.5 - 6.5
Specific Gravity: 1.98-2.50
Refractive index: 1.37-1.52
Black Opal Color & Occurence
Black Opal is found in a range of Black with play of color.
Black Opal is mined in Germany, Uruguay, Brazil, United States, Mexico, Madagascar, Italy, Egypt, India, China and the Scotland.
Mystical Power in Black Opal
Opal stones are said to stimulate originality and creativity. Opals are porous stones and because they are porous, they are quite absorbent. With the ability to absorb, they can pick up thoughts and feelings of people and amplify their emotions. Black opals carry strong karma, representing justice and also providing protection for their wearers. Opal is also the official birthstone for October and those who wear opal can benefit from its many astrological powers.
We Export Black Opal Worldwide
Lodha Gems is a gemstone shop in India (India), we have natural Black Opal in stock which are certified, our Black Opal are procured directly from mines and our natural Black Opal are free from any treatment, if you want to buy Black Opal then feel free to contact us at +91 94335 46997, we ship worldwide.