Quick Answer: Which Opal Is Most Expensive?

What color opal is most valuable?

Black opalsBlack opals, such as those from Lightning Ridge, are generally considered the most valuable because the rest of the vibrant spectrum colors and their patterns show better with the black background.

The 687.5-carat “Blue Lagoon” opal with a “Sheen” opal pattern..

How much should an opal cost?

Once categorized, opals are sold in price per carat, or weight. Because there are so many opal fields in Australia, there really is no singular form of opal. This means that opal costs can vary from about $10 per carat to approximately $6,000 per carat.

Is Opal more expensive than diamond?

On the whole, opals are rarer than diamonds because there are less high-quality opals available than there are diamonds. The good news is that you can find a gem-quality opal for a great price, especially compared to a diamond.

How can you tell a good quality opal?

The brilliance or brightness is one way the value of an opal is judged. There are three ratings: Brilliant, Bright and Subdued; with ‘brilliant’ being the brightest and most expensive, ‘bright’ in the middle range, and ‘subdued’ having the least brightness.

How can you tell a fake Opal?

Synthetic solid opal can be very difficult to identify, unless you are an expert, or have a lot of experience. Look closely at the pattern – Opal created in a laboratory (Gilson opal), displays bright colours in large patches of colour.

What is the rarest birthstone?

Diamond (April) is the rarest birthstone in a total of six states, while topaz (November) is the rarest birthstone in Montana, Wyoming, and Rhode Island. Emerald (May), sapphire (September), and pearl (June) are the rarest birthstones in Texas, Washington, and Utah, respectively.

What is the rarest opal color?

RedRed is the rarest and most sought out color. In order of value, the most valuable color is red, then orange, green, blue and purple. However, Opal is usually never a single color.

What is the highest quality Opal?

Black Opals Opals vary widely in price depending on their variety and quality. Black opals are the most prized. These gems have a black or dark blue background and show their play of color most vividly. Prices for fine to extra fine quality gems usually range from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars per carat.

Is Opal a good investment?

Black Opals from Lightning Ridge are considered by many to be the best gemstone investment. This is due to rarity of the opal and the extreme rarity of the bright red fire patterns and high cabochon. Boulder Opals with spectacular colours are also a good investment.

What’s better than a diamond?

Diamonds are one of the most valuable precious stones around, but not because diamonds are especially rare. In fact, high-quality emeralds, rubies, and sapphires are all rarer in nature than diamonds.

Why did my Opal turned clear?

Don’t worry! The reason it turned so transparent is because this is Ethiopian opal and not Australian opal! Ethiopian opal is porous so water can penetrate it. But it will turn back to normal after a few hours/days.

How do you clean opals at home?

Cleaning Your Opal Solid opal should be cleaned gently with mild detergent in warm water and a soft toothbrush or cloth. Avoid bleach, chemicals and cleaners. Doublets & triplets may be wiped with a damp soft cloth and mild detergent, but should never be soaked or immersed.