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Opal the October birthstone is most commonly found in Australia. The importance of Australia as a source for opal gems is evident by the fact that, Australia is often referred to as the Opal Country. Opals are fascinating gems, the color flashes and color play on opals impress all gem and jewelry lovers. Opals contain a small amount of moisture, this is responsibe for some of the beauty of the gemstone. There is an interesting orange or yellowish orange variety of opal which is known as fire opal. The most popular source for fire opal gemstones is Mexico. Fire opal gems can have high degrees of transparency, something which is not very common with opal gemstones.

In recent years, Africa and more importantly Ethopia (in the African continent) has become a source for what are popularly known as Ethopian opals. An interesting thing about Ethopian opal gemstone is that, they can lose (temporarily) their base color when soaked in water. The good news is that, these opals gain back their original beauty and color once they dry up. A lovely pastel pink opal is mined in Peru, these gems do not show color flashes or color play but, have a serene beauty of their own.

At Directstones we procure all types of opal gems directly from the mining locations. The gems are then custom cut to your specifications. You can purchase loose opal gemstones or request for a complete jewel to be custom made. Our support team at will be glad to provide you with any information that you need related to gems and jewelry. We have no minimum order stipulations in terms of volume or value, even single piece gem stone or jewelry orders are welcome.


Opal Doublets: An opal doublet can enhance the beauty and durability of an opal gemstone. Information about opal doublet gemstones ... more. Loose Opal Gems: Directstones custom cuts opal gems in all shapes and sizes. We procure opals from all mining locations ... more. White Opal Gems: Information about white opal stones. Australia is the most important source for white opals. Get to know more about white opal ... more.
White Opal Diamond Ring: Stunning opal gem stone ring with diamonds. Yellow or white gold opal ring. All opal types available ... more. Opal Claddagh Rings: The historic claddagh ring with white opal, fire opal or pink opal gems, gold or silver. Custom claddagh rings ... more. Opal Ring Collection: The Kaisilver collection of custom opal gemstone rings. Gold or silver opal gem stone with your designs or ours ... more.
Antique Opal Ring: A classic antique princess ring, opal ring with diamonds and other gemstones. Fine antique opal gem stone jewelry ... more. Mens Opal Ring: A handsome mens opal ring, fire opal and sapphire. Custom made in 14k or 18k gold, this mens opal ring is made in all sizes ... more. Fire Opal Gems: About fire opal gemstones from Mexico. Fire Opals can have good transparency and are yellowish orange, orange or red in color ... more.
Ethopian Opals Water Soaking: Not many people are aware that Ethopian opal gems temporarily lose their base color when soaked in water ... more. Opal Jargon And Terminology: Many terms used to describe opal or the properties of a specific opal gem can be confusing, help is right here ... more.

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