Nature's entire splendor seems to be imitated in the assorted lavishness of superior Opals: fire and lightning's, all the colors of the rainbow and the squashy excel of distant seas. Australia is the traditional country of derivation. Almost 95 per cent of all superior opals come from the parched and isolated outback deserts.
Abundant legends and tales enclose this colorful precious stone, which can be traced back in its foundations to an instance stretched before our remembrance, to the primeval dream time of the Australian aborigines. It is reported in their myths that, the maker came down to Earth on a rainbow, in order to fetch the memorandum of tranquility to all the humans. And at the very blemish, where his bottom touched the earth, the stones became energetic and in progress dazzling in all the colors of the rainbow. That was the dawn of the Opals.
The group of superior Opals contains relatively an amount of magnificent gemstones, which carve up one attribute: they excel and glitter in a persistently altering play of colors chock-a-block of castle in the sky, which experts illustrate as "opalising". Based on the type, place of incidence, and color of the chief body, we make a distinction on Dark or Black Opal, White or Light Opal, Milk or Crystal Opal, Boulder Opal, Opal Matrix, Yowah Nuts from Queensland the purported "picture stones", and also Mexican and Fire Opal. Opal differences are virtually unrestrained. They all illustrate in their individual special way the exclusive play of colors - not including Fire Opal, which owing to its lucidity, however, is nonetheless also measured a Fine Opal sample. If Opals want the archetypal cooperate of colors, they are cleanly christened "Common Opal".
Other varieties of opal:
Fire opal : Fire opals are transparent to translucent opals with warm body colors like yellow, orange, orange-yellow or red and they do not show any play-of-color. The most famous source of fire opals is the state of Queretaro in Mexico and these opals are commonly called Mexican fire opals.
Peruvian opal : Peruvian opal (also called blue opal) is a semi-opaque to opaque blue-green stone found in Peru which is often cut to include the matrix in the more opaque stones. It does not display pleochroism.
Famous Opal :
* The Andamooka Opal, presented to Queen Elizabeth II, also known as the Queen's Opal
* The Aurora Australis Opal, considered to be the most valuable black opal
* The Black Prince Opal, originally known as Harlequin Prince
* The Empress of Australia Opal
* The Fire Queen Opal
* The Flame Queen Opal
* The Flamingo Opal
* The Halley's Comet Opal, the world's largest uncut black opal
* The Jupiter Five Opal
* The Olympic Australis Opal, reported to be the largest and most valuable
* uncut gem opal ever found
* The Pride of Australia Opal, also known as the Red Emperor Opal
* The Red Admiral Opal, also known as the Butterfly Stone