Healing with Gemstones and Crystals

Celestial Powers 

Gemstones are identified as symbols for a celestial link between humans and the sun, moon, and stars. Gemstones and Crystals also symbolize magic and healing. And it is believed that the powers attributed to healing with Gemstones and Crystals, can prevent and cure illnesses and other ailments.

Written historical accounts about the curative powers of gemstones have been in existence since the Old Age. Famous writers such as the Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote about their powers back in the ancient years before Christ. And over centuries to follow, healing with Gemstones and Crystals was well documented in a book called Physica written by the Abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098 – 1179).

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Earth, Sun & Moon

The energetic powers attributed to the healing capabilities of Gemstones and Crystals stem from Mother Earth during the time of stone formation and from the warming rays of the sun. It is therefore recommended exposing the healing stones and crystals to sunlight and moonlight from time to time so they can replenish any energy that may have been lost during the process of healing. And belief is it is most effective to put the stones on a window sill two nights before a full moon!!!

Another method used in achieving energy restoration is the stone’s burial, whereby a natural stone is placed in the ground overnight and the following day rinsed with water for a short time period. Synthetic stones cannot be used because they are not natural and lack soul, unlike a natural gemstone that is grown in Mother Nature.

Mystical Signs & Shapes

In order to maximize the effects of healing with Gemstones and Crystals, at times symbolic and mystical signs are carved on the stone, a common practice used back in the Antiquity and Middle Ages.

According to therapists the shape of a gemstone may also be useful in treatment. For example, the best symmetrical Rock Crystals with a pronounced tip are used as pendulums to increase a person’s success in the search for effective stones and to diagnose sickness.

According to a recent publication, a newly bought, inherited or gifted stone should go through the procedure of discharging (burying for some days or rinsing with cold water) before treatment in order to achieve the most beneficial results.

The much-praised healing powers of natural stones and crystals may come from the presence of the minerals within the gemstone providing certain elements and trace elements. Spiritual uplifting derived from viewing the beauty of the gemstone can also contribute to better health. And a positive mind is the foundation for good health.

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Healing Powers of Gemstones and Crystals

Arthritis

• Apatite   

• Aquamarine 

 • Amber   

• Euclase   

• Fluorite   

• Garnet 

• Island Spar 

 • Magnetite   

• Malachite   

• Pyrite   

• Tourmaline

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Blisters

• Agate   

• Aventurine   

• Beryl   

• Diamond   

• Indigolite   

• Lapis Lazuli   

• Rhodochrosite   

• Turquoise   

• Vandanite   

• Zircon

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Eye Inflammation

• Apophyllite   

• Aquamarine   

• Eye Agate

• Chalcedony    

• Rock Crystal   

 • Dioptase   

• Hawk’s-eye   

• Malachite   

• Onyx   

• Sapphire

Headaches

• Amethyst   

• Analcime 

• Azurite   

• Rock Crystal 

• Diamond   

• Dioptase   

• Dumortierite   

• Emerald   

• Violet Fluorite   

• Hermatite

• Lapis Lazuli   

• Larimar   

• Magnesite   

• Malachite   

• Moonstone   

• Tiger’s-eye

Heart Ailments

• Adamine   

• Aventurine   

• Calcite   

• Rose Chalcedony   

• Carnelian   

• Dolomite Spar   

• Magnesite   

• Muscovite 

• Orthoclase   

• Pincopale 

• Pyrolusite   

• Rhodonite   

• Rose Quartz 

• Topaz   

• Turquoise

Pancreas

• Amethyst   

• Citrine   

• Garnet   

• Red Jasper   

• Yellow Jasper   

• Magnetite   

• Moonstone   

• Obsidian   

• Prehnite   

• Green Tourmaline

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Sciatica

• Amethyst   

• Carnelian   

• Chrysolite   

• Chrysoprase   

• Citrine   

• Diamond   

• Emerald   

• Heliotrope   

• Jasper   

• Lapis Lazuli   

• Magnetite

• Malachite   

• Pearl   

• Pyrite   

• Rhodochrosite   

• Rose Quartz   

• Ruby   

• Tiger’s-eye   

• Turquoise

Testicles

• Carnelian   

• Rock Crystal   

• Chalcedony   

• Diamond   

• Garnet   

• Jade   

• Rose Quartz   

• Rubellite   

• Scheelite   

• Thulite   

• Tiger’s-eye

• Zircon

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Toenails

• Amber   

• Calcite   

• Orange Calcite   

• Carnelian   

• Chrysophase   

• Diamond   

• Garnet   

• Jasper   

• Onyx   

• Pearl   

• Rhodochrosite 

• Rose Quartz   

• Ruby   

• Sapphire   

• Red Tourmaline   

• Turquoise

Throat (Sore) 

• Aquamarine   

• Barytes   

• Rock Crystal   

• Lapis Lazuli   

• Larimar   

• Opal   

• Silver   

• Sodalite   

• Blue Topaz

Varicose Veins

• Layered Agate   

• Amber   

• Aquamarine   

• Carnelian   

• Chrysoprase   

• Rock Crystal   

• Diamond   

• Garnet   

• Lapis Lazuli   

• Pearl   

• Ruby 

• Sapphire   

• Topaz   

• Zircon

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Amulet Stones

Agate

Effective against the curse of the evil eye.

Fluorite

Stimulates the regeneration of mucous membranes and skin and strengthens teeth and bones. Various shapes are also believed to enhance a stone’s effect.

Jasper

Protects against the abnormal increased function of the thyroid gland. Women are advised to carry Jasper with them, particularly those between the ages of 30 – 40.

Snowflake Obsidian

An earthy property that protects against loss of confidence or cold feet.

Sodalite

Gives the body more strength and enhances immunity.

Sugilite

Has a tranquil effect on the nerves and brain.

Apache Tears

Apache Tears is the trade name for the drop-like or rounded shapes for the volcanic rock glass Obsidian. In primeval times it is believed to have been used as an amulet. In modern times Apache Tears is a common healing stone, especially among Native Americans.
Apache Tears are used for:

  • Aiding indigestion
  • Helping stomach and intestinal problems
  • Possible cure for stomach ulcers

Boji Stones

Boji stones are the trade name for bulbous aggregate from Limonite and Pyrite. These stones best develop their powers in pairs and release their centre of energy through stroking. The male stone is said to be more angular and the female stone smoother. These stones are only found in Kansas USA.

Moqui – Marbles

Moqui-Marbles are Globular Limonite Aggregate from Utah and Arizona in the USA. Their effect is intensified through touch, tenderness, affection, light, and closeness to the body. They apparently loosen blockages and congestion and bring about a greater feeling of togetherness.  Moqui-Marbles have their greatest effect in pairs.

Pyrite Sun

Pyrite Sun is a radial disc-shaped Aggregate used in costume jewelry and as a healing stone. In 1997 it was written the Pyrite Sun cures indigestion and stomach disease. When worn in silver around the neck, it significantly boosts the immune system.

Sky Stone

Sky Stone is the name for a mesentery layered fine-grained light coloured limestone. When in the shape of a pyramid and placed under the bed, Sky Stones are effective against sleep deprivation. When the stone is pulverized into small granules it is effective against joint pains. Sky Stone is mined solely in the Salzburg region of Austria.

The Mystery, The Fantasy, The Connection

Gemstones and Crystals are something special due to their rarity, colour, lustre, and formation and have always been surrounded by mystery and fantasy. It is expected their magical powers protect against injury from outside influences, provide medicinal benefits, and increase inner strength.

In relation to the mystical notions surrounding the connection between man, earth, and the universe, precious gemstones are a symbol for magic and fascination and are worn as Amulets and Talismans to bring good luck and protect against evil.

I love all gemstone but I would say my favourite is the Australian Black Opal.

So what’s your favourite gemstone?

,T

What is Black Opal?

What is Black Opal? 

What is Black Opal is a question I’m often asked by friends living in Australia and my friends who live abroad in the United States, Canada, and the UK. So when my friends hear the word “black” they naturally assume that the black opal is black and often ask me this question “what makes a black rock so rare and incredibly spectacular”? Hmm, a good question, a question we will find out the answers to a little further down the page…

The Beginning

So let’s take a little look into the beginning of Australia’s national gemstone, the Opal. The formation of Opal began millions of years ago when an inland sea covered the central part of Australia. This sea provided our Earth with silica-rich deposits that found their way into cracks, voids, and decomposed fossils as the result of water flowing down through overlying sandstone. And to this day we are finding marine fossils and opalised marine fossils in inland parts of Australia hundreds of miles away from any coastline.

Palaeontology

Now if you happen to purchase an Opal through our website, or you currently own a solid Opal, jot down the measurements and remember this: Palaeontologists estimate that it takes approximately 5-6 million years for a 1 cm thick Opal vein to mature.  WOW, just imagine how ancient your Opal could be.


What is Black Opal? 

  • Unlike Diamonds, Opal is a non-crystalline, hydrated amorphous form of Silica, created by the combination of Silicon Dioxide (Silica & Oxygen) with water Si02.nH2O.
  • The moisture content of Opal varies between 3 to 21 percent by weight, but the ideal range is between 3 to 10 percent.
  • Quality Australian Opals contain around 5-6 percent water by weight.
  • Crystalline forms of Silica are minerals. However, Opal is a mineraloid because it has no defined shape or crystalline structure (amorphous).
  • Opals have a relative hardness value of approximately 5.5 on the Mohs scale which is about the same as glass.
  • Opal, in my opinion, is a bit more fragile than glass so avoid contact with any hard surfaces.
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Black Opal Stone

What is Black Opal? – Internal Structure

The internal structure of Black Opal is made up of microscopic spheres of Silica approximately 0.00005 – 0.0004 mm in diameter, that have grown around a central nucleus. Viewing these
minuscule areas of Silica requires the use of an electron microscope with 30,000x magnification.

The Silica spheres are what orchestrates the amazing and unique light shows that captivate audiences from all over the World.

Australian black opal fire
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The size of the diameter of the hydrated Silica spheres determines the ‘play of colour’ by causing white light to refract and diffract.

Example 1. Diffraction – light waves bend as they pass the edge of an object and around small particles. Within Opal, the light turns around tiny spheres of hydrated Silica and Oxygen and can create the entire spectrum of colours.

Example 2. Refraction – when light travels from one medium that has a different density to another, light changes direction. Unlike a diamond, Opal doesn’t have a definitive Refractive Index (RI) because the refractive indices of the spheres of hydrated Silica vary. Therefore, the Refractive Index measurement for Opal can range between 1.37 – 1.52.

You can see in example 1, the longer wavelengths of red, diffract more than the shorter wavelengths of violet. In example 2, the shorter wavelengths of violet refract more than, the longer wavelengths of red.

Diffraction bends waves; refraction changes the direction and speed of the waves.

Brilliant and captivating colours display when light waves travel through the transparency of Silica, and it is possible for all the colours of the spectrum to be visible within just one stone. I know, because I have a 2.86 carat solid Black Opal that displays every colour you can imagine. And this gemstone takes me to another world.

  • Most Opals consist of spheres of hydrated Silica less than 0.00025 mm in diameter. But precious Opals consist of larger silica spheres, which arrange in an orderly pattern creating spaces between the spheres.
  • An irregularly stacked, non-uniform in size opal, with no-show of colour, is called potch. This form of Opal is most often made up of silica spheres as tiny as 0.0001 mm in diameter. These hydrated Silica spheres are way too small for light to diffract. Potch is a common Opal and the nucleus for precious opal to form.
  • Smaller-sized spheres produce violet colours.
  • Medium-sized spheres create blues and greens.
  • The rare colour of red is the result of larger spheres 0.0003 mm in diameter.

What is Black Opal? – Characteristics (C’s) 

A Diamond has four characteristics (4 C’s), however, Opal has many features including:

Opal type

  • Black 
  • White
  • Crystal
  • Boulder
  • Matrix
  • Pineapple

Crystal Opal – is the only form of Opal that does not contain potch and is transparent when put up to light.

Body Tone 

  • The shade of the body
  • Darker tones display more vibrant colours

Brightness

  • Faint:  1/5
  • Dim:  2
  • Somewhat Bright:  2.5/5
  • Bright:  3/5
  • Quite Bright:  3.5/5
  • Very bright:  4/5  
  • Extremely Bright:  4.5/5
  • Brilliant:  5/5

Transparency

  • Opaque
  • Translucent
  • Transparent

Fire 

  • Predominant hue 50 – 70 percent
  • Secondary hue – 20 percent

Saturation 

  • The richness of colour

Distribution 

  • The depth and amount of fire

Directionality 

  • Display of colour when rotated

Pattern 

  • Large, vivid and clean adds value

Marks 

  • Marks and inclusions lower the value

Carat Weight  

  •  One carat (1 ct) = 200 mg  

Shape & Proportion

  • Symmetry and shape can have an influence on gemstone price.

BRAD’S SUMMARY

If you love gemstones you will love the Australian Black Opal. And within our website, you will find an amazing array of solid Black Opal Stones waiting for someone special like you to give them a home. Of all the different Opal types, the Black Opal is the most valuable because of its rarity and characteristics. Distinguished from other Opals by its darker body tone, the Black Opal actively enhances the refraction, diffraction, and reflection of light. And the most valued colour in Black Opal is the red fire which can fetch a price of up to Aud $20,000.00 for a carat.

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed the information presented in this article.

For any questions, additional information or to make a comment, please do so in the comments box.

And finally, if you can let me know from which country you are from, that will be great.

Thanking you…


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Most Brilliant Diamond Cut

Most Brilliant Diamond Cut

Most Brilliant Diamond Cut

The most important characteristic (C) in a diamond is a diamond’s cut. And if you want a stone to produce head-turning flashes at the party then choose a most brilliant diamond cut. The Most Brilliant Cut Diamond gives you that magic and sparkle at the party.

The cut is the dominant factor determining brilliance, fire and how efficient light is reflected, refracted and distributed within the crystal. A brilliant cut diamond does turn heads!!!

The structured mathematical formula for creating the most brilliant diamond cut provides the foundation for diamond cutters (diamantaires) to achieve maximum brilliance and fire. Excellent symmetrical proportions and an outstanding polish finish are vital aspects of a brilliant diamond.

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The first thing we naturally see in a diamond is scintillation, best described as the intensity of sparkles a crystal produces when rotated at different angles. A poor diamond cut can create a lifeless and dull stone no matter how good the colour and clarity ratings are. So If you want maximum scintillation, then select a brilliant round cut stone.


TOLKOWSKY- Mathematical Genius 

On Christmas day in December 1899, a genius by the name of Marcel Tolkowsky was born in Antwerp Belgium.

Raised in a family of diamond cutters, Marcel chose to study engineering, and in 1919, he mathematically calculated the specifications required for a diamond to display maximum brilliance and fire without losing light through the bottom and sides.

And today, Mr. Tolkowsky’s specs are still the benchmark for diamantaires.

Marcel Tolkowsky died aged 92 in New York City on February 10, 1991.


The Brilliant Round Cut

Marcel Tolkowsky’s calculations provide diamantaires with the critical specifications to produce maximum brilliance and fire. Achieving these results requires a diamond to be expertly cut in Facets featuring excellent symmetry with perfect proportions.

The Ideal Cut controls the path of light and achieves maximum brilliance or fire without light passing through the bottom or sides.

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Round Brilliant Diamond Cut Symmetry
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  • A table of 53{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff} produces more fire
  • A table of 57{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff} provides more brilliance

Brilliant Round Cut Diamond

 

 

 

TOP – CROWN          

BOTTOM  – PAVILLION

Kite Facets are also known as Bezel Facets

 

 


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Light reflection in a Brilliant Round Cut compared with light leakage in shallow and deep cuts

Additional Points to Consider

There are many different diamond shapes on the market and some are very fancy. However, none match the ability to maximize light reflection like the most popular diamond shape, the brilliant round Tolkowsky cut. BUT in saying this, look for HIGH-GRADE QUALITY CUTS. It is no good looking for a round diamond if it is a poor cut. You will regret it so don’t waste your money on poor cuts.

  • The Brilliant Round Cut compliments all finger and hand shapes, unlike some other cuts. For instance, the Pear and Marquise best highlight longer and slender fingers.
  • Diamond shapes such as the Heart, Pear, and Marquise need to be exact in symmetry and proportions. The halves must be identical and mirror each other.
  • Heart shapes should be a minimum 0.50 carat. If the Heart is too small, the visual definition of the Heart will most likely be lost.
  • Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on the planet but can break when struck at the right angle. Hardness refers to the resistance to being scratched by another material and not how hard it is to break. Cleavage and culets can be exposed to danger.
  • The Princess cut is characterized with squares and rectangles having sharp edges. The cleavage on the edges is more vulnerable to breaking.
  • The Emerald displays a large table which can highlight inclusions.

DIAMOND SHAPES

Cuts Diamonds Shapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Round Brilliant
The Round most Brilliant Cut Diamond is the most popular diamond. excellent cuts bring out the brilliance and fire.

Princess
Cut in both square and rectangular shapes. Unique colour display in all corners of the stone.

Cushion
The Cushion cut appears in the shape of a pillow and characterized by brilliance, clarity, larger cut facets, and rounded corners.

Heart
Symbol of dedicated love. Popular in both rings and pendants. Symmetry is vital for heart shape as both halves need to be identical. It can be difficult to identify a small Heart shape stone under 0.50 carats.

Pear
A teardrop shape from combining Round and Marquise cuts. A slender and delicate look. Ideal for longer fingers. Cut to display brilliance. Symmetry is essential in this cut.

Marquise
Highlight slender fingers. Excellent symmetry is critical for the look of a Marquise. The two ends must align with each other, and the two halves must be identical.

Radiant
The Radiant has the characteristics of both a Cushion and the Princess cut. If you take a look at the diagram above you will notice the attributes of both the Cushion and Princess.

Asscher
A similar cut shaped diamond to a Square Emerald cut. First produced in 1902 (Asscher brothers).

Emerald
The Emerald features step-cut rectangular facets in the pavilion and has a large rectangular table showcasing its colour and clarity. The large table highlights visible inclusions that can be seen by the naked eye.

Oval
A popular shape, similar to the brilliance of the round cut and goes well with all types of jewelry.


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MY REVIEW 

We have confirmed that the Cut (1) is the dominant characteristic in a diamond followed by Colour (2) Clarity (3) and Carat weight (4).

We have established that Tolkowsky’s specifications for a Brilliant Round Cut Diamond maximize brilliance and fire.

SUMMARY

  • The cut is the most critical characteristic in a diamond stone.
  • The Brilliant Round Cut provides for maximum Brilliance, Fire, and Scintillation.
  • The round most Brilliant Diamond Cut is the best choice for all budgets.
  • Consider an excellent cut with a lower grade clarity if your on a tight budget.
  • For the ladies, you do want to flash and sparkle at the party – RIGHT?
  • And for the guys, you do want that flash for the cash – CORRECT?
  • And you both don’t want to regret a poor decision in years to come, do you?

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?

And if you have any comments or questions please feel free to leave a message. It will be nice to hear your thoughts.

And whatever the occasion, I wish you the very best!!!

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Sell your Diamond Online

SELL YOUR DIAMOND ONLINE

Are there any boundaries to the internet? I don’t think so, and in today’s age, you can do just about anything on the internet. Shopping, researching, watching videos, the list goes on and on and on. You can even sell your diamond online safely and securely and I am going to show you how!

Studying gems is an ongoing assignment as more enhanced diamonds enters the market. My regular review of diamonds keeps me up to date and gives me a very good idea of what I think is best for you. I practice what I preach, and my advice to you is the same advice I give to my family and friends, and you could be my friend.  Regrettably, a friend of mine did not listen to what I had to say and sold their stone through an online classified advertising agent. The result, a lot of haggling with potential buyers and not receiving the true value of the diamond ring.

In one of my posts, I recommend you purchase a most brilliant diamond cut through an online dealer. In this post, I suggest you sell your diamond online to a team of experts who offer you the fastest and safest way to get the possible price for your diamond… and I am pretty sure this is what you want – CORRECT?

I would not sell a diamond or any valuable(s) through online classified advertising or auctions as it is unlikely you will get near the real value of your stone.
You can read my review on how to sell your diamond online at the bottom of this page.

Sell your diamond online

 

 

 


A REAL LIFE CASE

A friend of mine asked my advice on how to sell a diamond ring that had a certified value of Aud $28,000.00.
My immediate question was “Do you know a reputable dealer you can trust?” his reply was no. So I suggested he make contact with a highly reputable company I know who expertise in the purchase of diamonds and valuable jewellery.
I gave this information to my friend, but unfortunately, my friend did not heed my advice and sold the ring through online classified advertising and only received Aud $5,000.00. The deal reluctantly completed and the ring was gone. A very disappointing result with a lot of hassling in the process. 

You can read my review and critical information on the bottom of this page on why I strongly recommend one particular company of experts who specialise in purchasing diamonds and valuables and offer the fastest, safest, easiest, and hassle-free way to get the best possible price for your diamond. 


DIVORCE

I am guessing that many of you who are reading this post have been affected or are going through a relationship breakdown. Divorce or a canceled wedding, either way, it is sad and an unpleasant experience. But you are not alone, there are many people in the world experiencing what you are experiencing right now, and one of them is me. I never thought it would happen, but it did.
So what did I do? Well, I figured that life is too short to be wasting away. I was born for a purpose in life, and I am not going to sit around feeling sorry for myself. It is time to move on and not look backward and be positive in life.

While going through the separation, I researched some statistics regarding divorce that surprisingly made me feel more fortunate than others. I dug out some alarming statistics from a post by Audrey M. Jones, Attorney, Historical Divorce Rate Statistics.


Divorce Rate Statistics in the 1940s                                             

Divorce

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  • 1941 – 22{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1942 – 24{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1943 – 26{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1944 – 29{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1945 – 35{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1946 – 43{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1947 – 34{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1948 – 28{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}
  • 1949 – 27{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}


World War 11 – destroyed lives and relationships! 
These statistics are pretty sad because as you can see, there 
was a noticeable spike in divorce right after World War 11. World War 11 ended on May 8, 1945, and it is evident the war not only destroyed human lives but relationships as well. Soldiers coming back home, mentally scarred or incapacitated from the conflict of war. Issues that most probably created a lot of strain on relationships within the family unit. Many women found jobs while their men were at war and may have been reluctant to give up their new found freedom. Anyway, whatever the reasons were the war had an impact on the divorce rates, and as you can see in 1946, the divorce rate was as high as 43{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}.

When I look back in history and see what others have endured through times of hardship, especially the conflict of war, it gives me a healthy positive attitude to make the most out of life and move forward.


MOVING FORWARD

Moving forward after divorce

By moving forward, you will be eliminating as many of those memories as you possibly can. If you can remove all of them well, that’s just where you want to be. You can start the process by getting rid of that ring. It no longer has sentimental value only monetary value. So go on take the money. Cruise the Caribbean, Sizzle in Vegas, Swim with Marine Life on the Great Barrier Reef, just go out and enjoy life!!! There is so much out there, and you don’t want to miss it, right?

I study diamonds on an ongoing basis, and you may have stumbled across a few of my suggestions for buying a diamond in one of my other posts.  But in this case, we are selling a diamond and not buying one. It is now time to move forward and I would like to offer you my advice on the best way you can take that step forward by selling your diamond ring.

We, including myself, have gone through the process of divorce or a relationship breakdown and now its time to get rid of that ring. But in saying that we’re not going to sell it out of desperation either. We want a smooth and honest deal without the hassles.
So let’s move forward and head in the right direction and see what I believe is our best option.


MY REVIEW

The jewelry business is just like anything else in life where you have the good and the not so good.
There are plenty of rip-offs out there, and this is why I strongly recommend you sell your diamond
online through 
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Diamond Clarity Color Chart

DIAMOND CLARITY COLOR CHART

Clarity and Color are two of the four characteristics (4 c’s) used in determining a diamond’s value. So let’s have a look at a diamond clarity color chart and find out how these characteristics are graded.

Round brilliant diamond

A Diamond’s Cut is the most important characteristic in a diamond and now we will view the other three characteristics, Color, Clarity, and Carat weight.

 

 


DIAMOND | COLOR 

The Color of a diamond is the second most important characteristic influencing value.
Color rates second because it is the second feature we naturally see after experiencing the brilliance, fire, and scintillation displayed by an excellent or ideal cut.

There are a variety of colors within the structure of a diamond stone which includes whites, pinks, blues, and yellows.
Yellows have a lower value, with an exception, while a white diamond will reflect more light and color, and be more valuable.
As a general rule the less color in a diamond the higher the value. Grading is based on a lack of color and scales down from the highest D grade to a yellow Z.
D grade color diamonds are extremely rare and expensive, and if you are on a budget and after an almost colorless diamond, G grade offers exceptional value.

The exception mentioned above relates to a particular canary yellow colored diamond that has single nitrogen atoms. These diamonds are exquisite and extremely expensive as are the blues, reds and pinks.

 

Diamond color grading scale
Diamond color grading scale

 

Diamond color chart
Argyle pink diamond colour chart

DIAMOND | CLARITY 

Clarity is the third most important characteristic in a diamond and refers to the size and number of imperfections present in a stone.

Almost all diamonds have one or more imperfections. Diamonds without a flaw are very rare and expensive.

Diamonds form deep in the Earth’s mantle under extreme heat and pressure and deposit onto Earth’s surface through the violent action of volcanic eruptions. As a result, almost all diamonds have some sort of imperfection(s), commonly referred to as birthmarks. Internal flaws are called inclusions, external or surface are called blemishes.

Clarity determines value because it can affect light travelling through the diamond. Larger and more numerous imperfections have less brilliance because light does not refract as well as stones having fewer flaws.

Diamond clarity grading scale

 

FL – Flawless / no visible inclusions or blemishes under 10x magnification, <1{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff} of diamonds.
IF Internally Flawless / Very slight blemishes under 10x magnification, <3{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff} of diamonds.

VVS1 – Very, Very Slightly Included / few microscopic flaws very difficult to view under 10x magnification.
VVS2Very, Very Slightly Included / Slightly more tiny imperfections difficult to view under 10x magnification.

VS1 Very Slightly Included / minor inclusions somewhat difficult to see under 10x magnification and located to the outer rim of the diamond.
VS2Very Slightly Included / minor inclusions the same size as VS1 but located more towards the centre and sometimes within the table. Inclusions towards the girdle will be a bit larger in size or formation than a VS1.

SI1 – Slightly Included / inclusions that are fairly easy to see with 10x magnification but not quite visible without a loupe.
SI2Slightly Included /the most common diamond clarity on the market. Properly graded the SI2 clarity diamond still requires magnification to identify any inclusions. Inclusions can be anywhere in the stone, from the table to the girdle. However, you should not be able to see any inclusions with the unaided eye.

Other categories – (not recommended) 

I1 – Included / flaws that are obvious under 10x magnification and visible to the unaided eye but do not impact on the strength or beauty of the stone.

I2 – Included /Inclusions either affect the durability of the diamond or the beauty.

I3 – Included /Inclusions that affect both the durability and beauty of the stone.



Enhanced Color and Clarity Treatments

There are other methods used to enhance a diamond’s appearance. Methods that should be disclosed to the buyer before purchase. You will notice I said the word should. By law, you have to be informed but that is not always the case as mentioned above regarding rogue dealers and some online auction sales. Treatment can synthetically enhance diamond clarity and color. Irradiated diamonds, for example, are genuine diamonds that have been exposed to active radiation to enhance color. These crystals display strong colors such as green, black, pink, blue, etc.! If you know what to look for and have the right tools you can identify irradiated diamonds. But please stay away from Irradiated Diamonds, they are Dangerous and we want to sparkle not glow!!! I am sure you wouldn’t see Superman flying through the air wearing a kryptonite ring.
Other diamond enhancement treatments include color coating, fracture filling, laser drilling and exposure to high-pressure high-temperature processes.


DIAMOND | CARATS 

 

Round brilliant diamond

 

The last characteristic you need to consider when selecting the diamond of your choice is the weight.
The unit of weight measurement for a diamond is a Carat (ct).
A Carat weighs 0.2 g, (200 mg), or the equivalent to 0.00705479 of an ounce.

For example, a diamond weighing 90 mg is 0.45 ct  (90 ÷ 200 = .45).

It is rare to find a rough stone large enough to produce a one carat diamond. Larger diamonds are extremely rare and dramatically increase in price. For example, a three-carat stone will be more than three times the price times compared to one carat.

All 4’C’s determine the quality and value of a diamond with the cut clearly the winner. From excellent cuts to poor cuts, the differences in color, the number and size of imperfections, all having an effect on the stone’s price.


Summary

  • If purchasing a ring select a shape that best suits the physical features of the person who will wear the ring. Consider hand, finger, size, length and shape.
  • Not all patterns are suitable for every finger and hand.
  • Choose the ideal cut. I would much rather buy a smaller excellent cut diamond than a large poor cut diamond. You do want the sparkle – right?
  • Identifying any color in G – H coloured diamonds is tough. They are less expensive than rare colourless stones and offer great value.
    I – J are near colorless and have just a very slight tone of warmth about them. They are also a good choice for value.
  • SI quality diamonds are the less expensive in clarity value and have only slight inclusions visible without magnification.
  • Weight will depend on budget and the characteristics you have selected.
  • Small heart shaped diamonds under 0.50 carat have little definition. The heart shape is lost in the stone and is not well recognised. You may wish to choose a round brilliant stone.

A diamond ring will most likely be worn for a lifetime so you want that scintillating captivating sparkle day after day. Choose quality before size. You don’t want to make a decision you will regret later on in life! and if you wish to view my advice please click my review and recommendations, it could save you thousands.

What are your thoughts and what’s are your preferences in a diamond?


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Identify Real Diamond

IDENTIFY REAL DIAMOND

The most common question asked when buying buy a diamond is “How do you Identify Real diamond? Can you tell if the diamond is real?
Diamonds are costly, and you want to make sure you have the real McCoy, RIGHT? So ask yourself this question, do you honestly know the difference between real diamonds vs fake diamonds?

If you can identify real diamond, there’s no fooling you! But if you can’t, which not many people can, I just hope you avoid crossing paths with a rogue dealer ready to rip you off with a fake (faux) or an underweight stone. And yes you should be careful because they are out there ready to pounce.

Let’s say, for instance, we have a diamond stone set in a ring and valued at $10,000 a carat. It is selling as a one carat stone, and it appears the size of one carat, but in fact, it is only 0.87 carat because it is a shallow cut not visible due to the fact it is set in the ring. The real value should be $8,700.00, but the consumer is paying $10,000.00 and cheated 0.13 of a carat equating to a shortfall of $1,300.00. Do you know how to tell if this diamond is underweight? I am pretty sure not many people could tell. And can you recognise faux which is a stone that looks like a real diamond but made from a different material? When a faux is extremely well-made the only way, we can identify it’s authenticity is to test it. Cubic zirconia and moissanite are the most famous of all the fakes.

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In my opinion, this is a better and more secure option if you are not sure about diamond quality and authenticity unless you have a real association and relationship with a dealer, you can trust.
For more information, my diamond review and recommendations are at the bottom of this page.

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METHODS USED TO IDENTIFY REAL DIAMOND

The Fog Test:
Breathe on a clean stone and make it fog. If it’s a real diamond, the fog will disperse immediately. If it is fake, the fog will stay for a couple of seconds and if you repeatedly breathe on a fake, you will see condensation accumulate. The real diamond is a good heat conductor and you can use a fake for comparison if you have one handy.

Check the Transparency:
If it’s a loose stone (unmounted), turn it upside down on printed paper and try to see through it. On viewing, if the letters are visible; it is most likely fake. If the letters are not visible, then there’s a good chance it’s a genuine diamond.

Check the mount:
It is most unlikely you will find a real diamond set in a cheap material. Check the setting for the gold, platinum or silver identification stamp.
CZ stands for cubic zirconia which is an imitation.
Gold: 9K – 10K – 14K – 18K.
Look for any discoloration which could signal it is gold plated.
Platinum: 850 (85{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}) – 900 (90{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}) – 950 (95{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}) – 999 (99.9{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}).
Silver: S925 (92.5{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff}) sterling silver – 999 pure silver.
Gold is magnetic, platinum and silver are not magnetic.
Use an acid testing kit: This can mark jewellery, so it is best to use it on a section of the jewellery that cannot be seen.

Cubic zirconia

 

 

Cubic zirconia

Photo – Gregory Phillips

 

 

 

 

Hydrogen Peroxide:
Fill a glass with hydrogen peroxide, drop the jewellery into the glass making sure the jewellery is fully submerged, then wait for a reaction. Platinum is an active catalyst for hydrogen peroxide and will bubble immediately. Silver is a weaker catalyst and requires a longer time to see a response which can take up to a minute for small bubbles to develop.
This method will not corrode or damage your jewellery.

Loupe:
All diamonds contain imperfections within their structure (inclusions) or on their surface (blemishes). Inclusions are the birthmark of the stone, and visible under a loupe. A loupe is a 10x jeweller’s magnifying glass and can pick out the perfection of cubic zirconia and moissanite rings. The scale to which these imperfections are present is the diamond’s clarity. Using loupe magnification can help identify a moissanite. If you view a diamond through one of its bezel or star facets on the crown and it appears to have two of each facet line then it is most likely a moissanite.
Natural diamond will only display one of each facet line, as will cubic zirconia (CZ). Magnification is required to identify the difference between real diamond from a CZ. The girdle of a real diamond will have a grainy or frosted appearance whereas a CZ will be totally smooth. The girdle of diamond is the narrow edge around its circumference.

Heat Test:
Beware, this will most likely destroy your jewellery if it’s fake but will not break a diamond due to its incredible strength. This test involves heating a loose stone over a naked flame for about 30 seconds and then dropping it straight into a bowl of cold water. A fake diamond will most likely crack or shatter from the inside whereas a real stone will not react at all.

Diamond Tester:
Diamond testers identify diamonds from all other stones except moissanite. Gemstones have different rates of thermal conduction; however, diamonds and moissanite are both very efficient in conducting heat and need to be tested individually for identification. To be sure we have a real diamond we need to perform a moissanite test on the stone.

 

Let’s work out the best solution to be sure we have a real diamond

  1. We have used the diamond tester and identified it is possibly a diamond or it is not a diamond.
  2. If the test shows up a diamond, then it is either a diamond or moissanite.
  3. Next – verify the stone on a moissanite tester, if it tests moissanite, then you have a diamond. Moissanite testers measure electrical conductivity. Diamonds do not have free electrons and are poor electrical conductors, whereas moissanite is electrically conductive.

Please note: there is a rare form of diamond that has a chemical composition comprising boron atoms making it electrically conductive. It will test as moissanite on the moissanite tester. These diamonds are rare and total less than 0.001{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff} of diamonds.

 



Enhanced Diamonds – RADIATION

There are other methods used to enhance a diamond’s appearance. Methods that should be disclosed to the buyer before purchase. You will notice I said the word should. By law, you have to be informed but that is not always the case as mentioned above regarding rogue dealers and some online auction sales. Treatment can synthetically enhance diamond clarity and colour. Irradiated diamonds, for example, are genuine diamonds that have been exposed to active radiation to enhance colour. These crystals display strong colours such as green, black, pink, blue, etc.! If you know what to look for and have the right tools you can identify irradiated diamonds. Please stay away from IRRADIATED DIAMONDS, they can be DANGEROUS and we want to sparkle not glow!!! I am sure you wouldn’t see Superman flying through the air with a kryptonite ring on his finger.
Other diamond enhancement treatments include colour coating, fracture filling, laser drilling and exposure to high-pressure high-temperature processes.

 


 

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What is a Diamond Stone?

what is a diamond stone

What is a Diamond Stone? 

Remember the famous 1949 song made famous by the late and great Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.” The association between her and a Diamond showcasing the glamour, the beauty, the sparkle, the elegance, and the fame. But why is this Diamond stone so famous and posses the power to have the entire world under her spell? What is she made of? What is a Diamond stone?

A Diamond Stone is a crystalline mineral made of carbon and forms in a cubic crystal system

Diamonds contain many covalent bonds with each carbon atom chemically bonding to four other carbon atoms in a triangular pyramid (tetrahedron). This makes a Diamond so incredibly strong. A Diamond’s extremely high melting point >3500 °C / 6332 °F is the result of covalent bonding.

Diamond is technically an allotrope of carbon and is the hardest naturally occurring material found on the planet.
Graphite is also an allotrope of carbon but has a different bonding arrangement between atoms.


ALLOTROPES ARE DIFFERENT MATERIALS FORMED FROM THE SAME ELEMENT

Allotropes of carbon
Allotropes of carbon

                 
                    ALLOTROPES OF CARBON

                    A) DIAMOND

                    B) GRAPHITE
                    the closest natural material to a diamond

                    C) LONSDALEITE

                    D) C60 (Buckminsterfullerene)

                    E) C540 (Fullerene)

                    F) C70 (Fullerene)

                    G) AMORPHOUS CARBON

                    H) SINGLE – WALLED CARBON NANOTUBE


Diamond Hardness

Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on our planet. However, this doesn’t mean they won’t break because hardness is only a measurement to identify a mineral’s resistance to scratching.

In 1812 the Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness was created by a Geman geologist by the name of Friedrich Mohs. Mohs compared the hardness of minerals and the ability of one mineral to visibly scratch another.

The Mohs Scale of Mineral Hardness comprises ten minerals with talc being the softest and Diamond the hardest. The Mohs Scale only goes to (10), so please bear in mind that Diamonds are far harder than their nearest rival which is corundum at (9). However to give you a better perception of how hard a Diamond really is, if it the scale went to 40 then a Diamond would be 40 and its next nearest rival corundum remaining at 9.

 

The order of the Mohs Scale from softest to hardest:

  • (1) Talc
  • (2) Gypsum
  • (3) Calcite
  • (4) Fluorite
  • (5) Apatite
  • (6) Orthoclase
  • (7) Quartz
  • (8) Topaz
  • (9) Corundum
  • (10) Diamond

 

 


Violent Volcanic Eruptions

Diamonds deposit on the Earth’s surface as a result of deep-sourced volcanic eruptions pushing Magma (molten rock) upwards through volcanic pipes (kimberlite and lamproite). These violent volcanic eruptions occur at depths twice as deep as your average volcano and originate approximately 150 km or 90 miles down in the Earth’s mantle. Diamond travels at speeds exceeding 800 km an hour, along with other volatile compounds, and deposit onto the surface of the Earth within a magmatic rock called kimberlite.

A Diamond is a xenocryst which is a crystal inclusion within an igneous rock.

Kimberlite volcanic pipe
Kimberlite volcanic pipe

Diamond formation requires the presence of extreme heat >1400 °C / 2552 °F, and an enormous amount of pressure exceeding speeds of 800 km an hour (500 mph) through volcanic pipes to reach the Earth’s surface. The speed of the upwards propulsion is what determines whether it is Diamond or graphite.


Finding Diamond 

Kimberlite ore (magmatic rock), deposits in depths of at least 15 m, or 49 ft underground, from the result of these violent volcanic eruptions and the only way to remove the ore, is by digging.

So when it comes to mining for deposits of commercially useful Diamonds, near the Earth’s surface, Open-Cut Mining is the preferred method of extraction.

Natural and artificial features of a geographical area determine the size and shape of an open cut mine. Some of these features include the physical structure and substance of the earth, the grade (cut-off), the extent of deposits, property boundaries, bench height, road grades, the slope of the pits, and mining and processing costs.

Argyle diamond mine
Argyle diamond mine | by piesgardiner Argyle diamond mine | Aerial view of Argyle Open-Cut Mine

A photo of Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond mine in Western Australia where stones are crushed, screened, X-rayed sorted, separated, acid washed and shipped.


UNDERGROUND MINING

Another method used to extract Diamond from the Earth is underground mining.

Underground mining can be accessed in three ways:

Decline – A type of ramp that spirals around the deposit.

A decline underground mine

Vertical Shaft – A vertical excavation adjoining a body of ore.

Vertical Mine Shaft

AditHorizontal excavations used for bodies of ore that are horizontal or near-horizontal.

Adit mine

Horizontal levels are dug out off the decline or shaft to gain access to the body of ore. A series of steps or layers (stopes) are excavated into the rock at an angle of 90°, or thereabouts, to the level into the ore. This action is known as stoping, a process of extraction where cavities known as stopes are left behind in the underground mine.


TOP TEN DIAMOND MINES IN THE WORLD

Jubilee – the biggest Diamond mine in the world – Russia (Yakutia region)

Udachny – one of the deepest open pits (630m) – Russia (Yakutia region)

Argyle – Australia (Western Australia)

Mirny – Russia (Yakutia region)

Catoca  Angola

Venetia – Limpopo province of South Africa

Grib – Russia (Arkhangelsk region)

Jwaneng – considered the richest mine in terms of value -Botswana

Orapa – Botswana

Botuobinskaya – Russia (Yakutia region)


ALLUVIAL MINING

Alluvial Diamond deposits emerge from the natural processes of erosion and weathering of kimberlite over millions of years. These deposits end up in river beds, under the ocean or on shorelines.

Twelve miles off Namibia’s southern coastline and 150 metres below the sea, Diamond miners are working to secure their future. The large Diamond company (De Beers) is building up a naval fleet in a joint operation with the Namibian government to protect its future and interests. De Beers estimates that 95{049d3018651de2a7e433ffb13acdc36a21b9ea4fa995a70edf1ffcc6a2970dff} of its Diamonds will eventually be sourced from the seabed off Africa’s south-west coast in the future.

Below is a picture of the DeBeers ship Peace in Africa the largest remote-controlled deep-sea dredge in the world.


If you have an experience or a thought you would like to share please leave a comment or send a message.

If you require additional information or want to ask a question just send a message and I’ll be happy to respond.

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Australian Black Opal Stone

The Lightning Ridge Black Opal

Australian Black Opal Stone – The Birth of Black Opal

The birth of Australian Black Opal Stone began around 600 to 500 million years ago when the suturing of the ancient continent Gondwana evolved.

Gondwana was an incredibly massive continent incorporating many land masses that are now part of our Southern Hemisphere. Lands forming this ancient continent included the Indian subcontinent, the Arabian Peninsula, South America, Africa, Madagascar, Antartica, and Australia.

In the ancient times of Gondwana, an inland sea producing significant amounts of silica-laden sediment covered the central part of today’s Australian continent. The presence of this inland sea provides the seed for the birth of Opal by depositing vast quantities of Silica into small cracks in rocks (voids), decomposed fossils, and in layers of clay. In summary, Black Opal is the result of water flowing down through the earth and picking up silica from sandstone on the way. The water evaporates and the silica-rich deposits are left behind creating a path for the birth of opal.

Silica naturally nourishes our marine environment and the many marine fossils, fish bones, and shells found in central Australia confirm the existence of this Silica bearing inland sea.


Australian Black Opal Stone – The Legend

Sanskrit is an ancient language in Hinduism, and there is the belief that the English word Opal, evolves from the Sanskrit word upala, meaning ‘valuable or precious stone.’

The name Opal may also be associated with the Greek word opallios, meaning ‘to see a change in colour’. The ancient Greeks also believed Opals (opallios) to be the ‘Tears of Zeus.’

The ancient Australian Aborigines believed the opal to be half serpent and half devil. The beauty of the fire colours within the stone would lure and trick someone to enter the demon’s den.

Today, the Aboriginal legend tells the birth of opal happening when the footprint of the creator touched the earth at the base of a rainbow to bring harmony.


Australian Black Opal Stone – Wallangulla (LR)

The Australian black opal

Black Opal stone is native to Australia. It is unique and rare. And you can only find this precious gemstone in Lightning Ridge and the surrounding Opal fields of the Wallangulla region in outback NSW, Australia.

Located approximately 730 km north-west of Sydney and 730 km south-west of Brisbane, Lightning Ridge (LR) has no traffic lights and is home to the Black Opal.

Lightning Ridge is the only place in the World where black opal is commercially produced and for more information on opal mining in Lightning Ridge please visit Lightning Ridge opal mining.


Australian Black Opal Stone – What is Black Opal?

The Australian Black Opal Stone is a non-crystalline natural gemstone that most often changes colour when rotated at different angles.

This rare and unique gemstone is a formation from the combination of silicon dioxide (silica & oxygen) with water, and ideally between 3 to 10 percent moisture content by weight. Quality solid Black Opal Stone contains 5-6 percent water.

The estimation for a 1 cm thick silica vein to form is around 5-6 million years.

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Australian Black Opal Stone – Seams & Nobbies

The Australian Black Opal is a highly valued gemstone and can attract a price of up to US $15,000 a carat.

Black Opal Stone exists in claystone layers at depths between 20 to 60 feet below the ground surface of the Griman Creek Formation and the greyish claystone (opal dirt) lies below overlying sandstone and conglomerate rock.

Black Opal forms in horizontal deposits referred to as seams and also forms in rounded nodules of potch and colour called ‘nobbies.’

Mining Black Opal is hard yakka and the best time to prospect is in the colder months due to the extreme hot conditions during summer.

And in the earlier days, picks and shovels were the only tools available to remove rock.


Australian Black Opal Stone – Body & Soul

australian black opal stone
Transforming rough into a small cab

When an opal is cut, rubbed, shaped, and polished into a finished gemstone, it is called a cabochon. The cabochon is then made into beautiful jewelry such as pendants, bracelets, rings, and earrings. However, in some circumstances, it is best to go with the shape of the opal and not to try and do a fancy cabochon, WHY? because you can lose colour. I have been there and done that. If you do happen to have a piece that you can get a nice cab out of, then go for it. But, if youdon’t just go with the flow and shape of the stone, and retain as much colour as you possibly can. Colour is opal.

Identifying loose Solid Black Opal is easy because there are no layers. However, imitation Black Opal set in jewelry can be more difficult to recognize, and by Australian law, must be labeled as imitations. The most common known imitations are the Gilson opal (laboratory-produced), doublets, and triplets. Price should also be a guide in determining whether the opal is a solid black opal or an imitation!!! It should also be noted that Ethiopian opal is not black opal.

ALL Opals n Jewels Australian Solid Black Opals DO NOT have any materials adhered to their structure and are unaltered natural pieces of art more scarce than diamonds. We do not sell doublets, triplets or synthetic Opal. ALL Opals n Jewels opals are solid Australian Black Opal Stone.


Australian Black Opal Stone – Opal Facts

  • Australia produces approximately 95 percent of the World’s Opal
  • South Australia provides about 80 percent in the form of White Opal
  • Queensland and NSW share the remaining 15 percent
  • Queensland is known for Boulder Opal
  • The NSW town of White Cliffs is famous for the Pineapple and White Opals
  • The NSW town of Lightning Ridge is World renowned for the rare Black Opal

Australian Black Opal Stone – Australian Opal Guide

There are rogue dealers in any industry, and the jewelry industry is no exception. There are those that will falsely advertise fakes as the real deal. So if a merchant presents you with an opal, set in jewelry for under $30, the chances are it’s an imitation.

What to look out for:

  • The Country of Origin – 95 percent of the world’s opals come from Australia
  • Price – The rare Australian Black Opal is not cheap, and can attract a price of up to Aud $20,000 per carat
  • Patterns – laboratory made stones have snake-like orderly patterns.
  • Colours – large bright patches indicate an artificial opal.
  • The Depth of Colour – Colour just beneath the surface indicates a fake, depth of colour indicates a real opal (view under white light only).
  • Layers – check the sides to see if there are any layers.
  • Cloudy Stone – If you see a cloudy stone then it is most likely a doublet or a triplet (water penetrating through an adhered layer).

It would be great to hear your thoughts on Black Opal, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

We have a stunning collection of beautiful solid Black Opal stone pendants and necklaces for you to choose from.

By the way, if you like opal what is your favourite colour?

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