Opals are a unique stone because of their color, diversity, and uniqueness. Each opal differs from another, making them all individualistic. Because of its beauty, this birthstone is commonly sought out and is extremely valuable. Opals also have a lot of history and interesting facts behind them. Learn more about opals by checking out these three fun facts.
As one would expect, opals with a diverse set of colors and unique looks are the most expensive. These are the rarest to find and are extremely valuable. A boulder opal is the only type of opal that contains all the colors of the rainbow within one stone and can cost up to $3000 per carat.
Interestingly enough, 95% of opals come from Australia. Some of the most important Australian mining areas in the last century include White Cliffs, The Queensland Fields, Lightning Ridge, Grawin & Glengarry, Coober Pedy, Andamooka, Mintabie, and Lambina. Ethiopia, Brazil, and Mexico are a few other countries that commonly mine opals.
It is often thought that wearing an opal when it was not gifted to you or when it is not your birthstone is bad luck. Many owners who have lost an opal blame it on the superstition. This could also be because opals are soft stones and are more susceptible to damage.
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