Ryan and I started making jewelry to have unique pieces at an affordable price. We started with obscure gemstones which quickly led us to opals. We enjoy traveling all over the country selling our special opals. It is fun engaging with customers to learn about opals together and their own unique stories about their opals and trips to Australia.
Here are some fun facts about opals to help you understand why we love them some much.
- Opal's bad luck reputation likely came from competition in the precious gem market
- Opal is formed when rain water seeps down into crevasses in the rock. Once the water evaporates, the silica that is left behind dries out and hardens into precious opal.
- Australia produces around 97% of the world's opals.
- Fire opal is not commonly used within Australia. The only type of opal known as "fire opal" is Mexican Fire Opal, mined in Mexico, which usually has a distinct orange coloring.
- The most expensive opal in the world is owned by the South Australian Museum and id with over $1 million.
- Opal has been found on mars. It is one of only a handful of gemstones that have ever ben discovered outside of our planet.
- Opal is associated with the zodiac sign Scorpio and the 14th wedding anniversary gift.
Check out this video to see interesting facts about opals.
Leave your comment below about your adventure with opals. Do you have a favorite style of opal? Here is another fun fact, opals found in India are typically pink.
Check out our show schedule to see our beautiful selection in person. Otherwise, shop online to get your own piece of opal.