Opal is the product of seasonal rains that drenched dry ground in regions such as Australia’s semi-desert “outback.” The showers soaked deep into ancient underground rock, carrying dissolved silica (a compound of silicon and oxygen) downwards.
Opal is known for its unique display of flashing rainbow colors called play-of-color. As the lightwaves travel between the spheres, the waves diffract, or bend. As they bend, they break up into the colors of the rainbow, called spectral colors. Play-of-color is the result.
Opals are unique – no two opals are the same, even if they originate from the same place. Among the most fascinating, romantic and mysterious gemstones, they are living a great momentum in jewellery, starring in quite a few high-jewellery collections.
Here is my personal selection of outstanding opal creations.