Black Opal – Description

Description and information about Black Opals from Lightning Ridge Australia :

The Black Opal from Lightning Ridge Australia, has a body tone between N1 to N4 of the Australian Opal association body tone chart. Only these are considered to be real a Black Opal. The transparency of the Black Opal is usually opaque and not translucent like a Crystal Opal.

The Black Opal is usually found only in Australia. Other Opals found outside of Australia that are black in body tone, are sometimes treated ( smoked ) to look like a real Australian black Opal.

Like all Opals, the Black Opal has a brightness between B1 to B5, and comes in many different colours and patterns.

Find out more about Brightness and Patterns.

Opal body tone chart from the Australian Opal association

About Lightning Ridge

Lightning Ridge is located on the border of New south wale and Queensland and is the only place in the world where you will find the best quality non hydrophane black Opals.

Read about Lightning Ridge Crystal Opals – description and information.