Opal is truly an exceptional gem possessing an unrivaled fascination. It’s no wonder their beauty has stirred the hearts of artistic souls and the passions of mankind for centuries. And the greatest of all opals? The rarest, most vibrant and most valuable is the black opal. This highly sought-after variety are called black opals due to the dark body tone of the gem, which makes the effervescent flashes of light even more pronounced and mesmerizing.
While trace amounts have been found elsewhere, almost all black opal is found in the Australian town of Lightning Ridge in New South Wales. A recently brought-to-market black opal discovered in Lightening Ridge crushed records with a valuation of 3 million dollars, sending the jewelry world into frenzy. Our Australian Black Opal Doublet and Diamond Earrings are a one of-a-kind collector’s piece. When creating an opal doublet, gem cutters create a single dimension surface that showcases the opal’s color play beautifully, but is far more affordable and enables the use of higher quality stones.
A dimensional black opal of this quality and carat weight would set you back almost $10,000. In the hands of Stauer’s expert gem cutters and designers, we put the opal’s best face forward and then framed it in diamonds, crafting a picture-perfect piece of wearable art for a fraction of the cost. To own a black opal is to pay homage to the power and exuberance of beauty and nature. It’s a testament to your appreciation for the rare and exquisite. A black opal will set you apart from amateur jewelry collectors and become a precious heirloom treasured for years to come.