Wholesale Opals Shipped Worldwide
“You can pick up an Opal and look at it all day then pick it up again in a day and do it again”
A Brief History and Lore of Opals From GIA
Because opal has the colors of other gems, the Romans thought it was the most precious and powerful of all. The Bedouins believed that opals contained lightning and fell from the sky during thunderstorms. When Australia’s mines began to produce opals commercially in the 1890s, it quickly became the world’s primary source for this October birthstone.
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Technical Specifications of Opals:
Mineral: Hydrated Silica
Color: All colors
Refractive index: 1.37-1.47
Specific gravity: 2.15 (+0.08, -0.90)
Mohs Hardness: 5 to 6.5
Individual opals can vary widely in appearance and quality. As diverse as snowflakes or fingerprints, each gem can differ noticeably. We find that the deeper darker colors including the black opals of our Wholesale Opals are most popular.
The Opal is composed of silica spheres which are packed together. In a Precious Opal the arrangement of the spheres is an orderly three dimensional grid. Light passing through the transparent spheres is scattered by the array of voids. White light is diffracted and split into its assorted colors at different angles.
The color visible from the opal is dependent on the size of the spheres. Blue and violet colors are created by spheres that are smaller compared to the larger spheres and voids which create red and orange colors.
Navneet Gems has been manufacturing our Wholesale Opals for many years and in many different types. We understand the difference in color in Opals because we are wholesalers and understand why Our Wholesale Ethiopian Opals sell and why our Wholesale Australian Opals sell.
Australian Wholesale Opals have very red and blue and some yellow colors. The red and blue color are our most popular and as stated, in the darker shades and color which have a more intense saturation of color. The more clarity in the color of Opals, the higher the price.
The Australian Wholesale Opals singles and free size are what we sell a lot of and are around $100 per carat. Ethiopian Wholesale Opals are $3 to $30 per carat and may be 10x 8 or 9 calibrated.
Ethiopian Opals are more yellows and sometimes pale blues but our yellow and orange and brown Wholesale Opals from Ethiopia are most popular, and we do sell a lot of these.
We have been going up to 12x16mm and 13x18mm in sizes of Wholesale Opals sometimes and are doing many shapes and sizes right now including ovals and rounds which are very popular as well as the 6mm or 8mm in rounds.
There are three main aspects of an opal’s quality:
Color—Background color and play-of-color
Pattern—Arrangement of play-of-color
Clarity—Transparency and quantity of inclusions
Many are looking for something in Opal colors that no one else has. We shave many very unique and beautiful colors and see they are very popular when promoted in the Tucson Trade Shows and Hong Kong Trade Shows.
If you are looking for beautiful colors in bulk orders of Wholesale Opals from Ethiopia, Australia, Mexico or other sources then we are happy to help you. We are a 20+ year gemstone wholesaler and will give you what you need at a very comfortable wholesale price.
Contact us from the link above and be ready to be awed from the photos or video of your beautiful Opals that we will send before shipping them to you.