What is a BLACK OPAL? | Opal Gemstone

What is a BLACK OPAL? | Opal Gemstone

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(upbeat music) – This is Jill Maurer
with Your Jewelry Minute and today I’m answering the question, what is a black opal? And an opal generally has a body color. It has one main color, and then it has other
colors in it that flash. If the body color is
anything other than white, it’s known as a black opal even though the opal
could be sort of gray, green, blue, or black. All of those are known as a black opal. Black opals are highly
desired because usually it makes the colors in the
opal flash even brighter. It’s just a more dramatic look
than against the white opal. So, a lot of people like
a black opal better, and it is more expensive,
generally, than a white opal. About 90% of the opals
worldwide come from Australia, and the black opal is no exception. Most black opals do come from Australia. Now sometimes, we’ll take
just a sliver of an opal and we’ll back it. We’ll glue it to a backing, and that backing can be a dark stone. If we take a white opal and
glue it to a black stone, which is known as a
doublet, when you do that, the opal can appear to be
a black opal, but it isn’t. That is not classified as a black opal. It has to be a solid stone that has the black background on it’s own to be considered a black opal. The other can still be a beautiful effect, it’s just a different thing. This has been Your Jewelry Minute. If you have a jewelry question for me, just ask me in the comments below. Until next time! (upbeat music)


  1. Hmm…I never knew there was such a thing as black opal. Opal is my son's birthstone so I have one ring with an oval shaped opal. It's one of my favorite stones because of the flashing. Your videos are making me want more jewelry!

  2. I love Opal. I have a couple pieces was gave by my sister from Australia. They are so beautiful. Thank You so much dear for sharing ❤️

  3. I wonder why there aren't more names for opals since they come in all those different colors. I'm not sure I've ever seen anything but white opals in person.

  4. Thank you Is it true that if you wear opals and it’s not your birthstone it gives you bad luck? I can’t remember where I heard this or where I read this but I once had an opal and it is not my birthstone. I do not have it anymore and I believe it was stolen

  5. I never really knew anything about an Opal, I have never actually had one but I do think they are stunning. I am gaining an education just watching your video's. Thanks Jill! XO

  6. When i hear the word black opal, i really thought of it as black gemstone literally. Lol! Thank you so much for the clarification. Much love ❤

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