Throughout the world, opals are prized for their beautiful and diverse colors. The most impressive gems have traditionally been found across the rugged southwestern coastal range of Australia. In Queensland, for instance, it is not at all uncommon to find enormous opals. There are, however, unique properties that lead serious gemstone collectors to seek out opals elsewhere in the world. For instance, the opals now being discovered in the United States have been particularly impressive.
The Spencer opal deposits can be found within thin layers of malleable earth. Scientists say this difference may explain the soft, creamy-white tinting uniquely attributed to the opals found in this area of the country. New innovations in technology have made pinpointing opal deposits considerably less labor-intensive than in the past. Who knows, there may be an exciting new find near you!
Opals have long been valued for their splendor but thanks to recent renewed interest, opals are on the experiencing a surge of popularity. People born in the month of October have historically received opals as a birthstone, but with the increased interest caused by the discovery of new quality opals, these stones can be given for virtually any occasion and you'll be sure to get a smile.