Fire opal – what are they and where do they come from?

Blue Opals

Opal is a type of silica like quartz however containing water inside the mineral structure. Valuable opal comprises of little silica circles organized in customary examples. The shading in valuable stones is brought about by the diffraction of white light breaking into essentially all the shades of the rainbow. This play of shading relies upon the edge of rate of the light and can change when the jewel is turned. The size and dispersing of the circles likewise controls the shading scope of this valuable diamond.

Where do they originate from?

Over 95 percent of the world’s stockpile is found in Australia. The town of Coober Pedy in South Australia is a significant source. Another Australian town, Lightning Ridge in New South Wales, is the place most dark opals are found. It takes its name from the prevalently dim foundation they have. This murkiness improves the energetic play of shading inside the stone.  Regardless of whether an opal is ‘dark’ or not can be dictated by overlooking all hues and focusing on the general body tone foundation obscurity level of the opal.


Rock opal gets its name from the way that an ironstone backing is a piece of its common development. The hues can likewise be amazingly splendid and distinctive. Pearl quality ‘stone opal’ can be over the top expensive contending in cost with a portion of the dark assortment.  Fire opals are one more sort of this gemstone. They will in general be straightforward and are found with warm body shading going from yellow to orange. They do not have the ‘play of shading’ related with different sorts of opal and look totally changed. The most acclaimed wellspring of fire opal is Mexico. Consequently these opals are famously known as ‘Mexican fire opals’.

In 1974 a Frenchman by the name of Pierre Gilson found a method for making flawless blue opals with all the properties of a characteristic opal separated from the nearness of water. The procedure assumes control more than a year. The upside of Gilson’s assortment is that it tends not to split in the manner that regular opal can when it loses its water because of outrageous temperature changes. The Japanese have likewise are fined’ the most delightful red hot, blue opals utilizing a type of quartz silica and zirconium oxide. They are at first framed similarly as Gilson’s however are then impregnated with polymer as a stabilizer guaranteeing that the silica structure is totally established together and the distinctive play of shading in is perpetual. This made opal jewel has red hot blue hues and flashes of turquoise which are really stunning