Opals: How to choose the best gems
AUSTRALIAN OPAL IS NOT ONLY THE WORLD’S MOST FASCINATING AND COLOURFUL GEMSTONE, IT CAN ALSO BE A SOUND LONG-TERM INVESTMENT.
Australia’s national gemstone. Australia produces a large percentage of the world’s finest quality opal, recognised throughout the major gem centres of the world as a rare and precious gemstone. This is why so many overseas visitors purchase their opal when they visit Australia.
The history of opal goes back to the 1st Century AD when Pliny wrote of opal as the ‘Queen of Gems’. In Roman times it was included in the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor. Rumour has it that the Roman senator, Nonius, preferred exile rather than sell his valuable opal to Mark Anthony for presentation to Cleopatra.
Opal and pearl jewellery from Anania Jewellers.