White Opal

White Opal Stone Price

White Opal appears like a simple white gemstone but holds a colourful secret inside. Therefore, its price in the market is evaluated differently than other gemstones. Apart from its Origin, Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat weight, the white opal value also depends on the Intensity, Number of color, Distribution and Pattern of the color flashes present beneath its surface. To buy best quality white opal online at fair prices, it is important to learn the basics of these factors.

Generally, a plain White Opal price in India starts from Rs 150 per carat ($4 approx.) to Rs 300 per carat ($6 approx.) plus. But if the play of color is present, the white opal stone price in India can be sold at Rs 800 per carat ($12 approx.) to Rs 2,400 per carat ($60 approx.) and even above.

Buyer Beware: Gemstone Weights in India are often expressed in Ratti. This system can be used to dupe customers who are not knowledgeable on how the conversion works. Read our guide to Understanding Gemstone Weights: Carats vs Ratti, and Don’t Get Fooled by Gemstone Prices in Ratti, instead of Carats!

  • Origin

    – White Opal from Australia displays the best play of color, hence, demands the highest value. Other varieties like Ethiopian white opal and Brazilian white opal are comparatively more economical.

  • Body Color

    – Opal with pure white body color is highly sought-after for astrological purposes. However, the intensity of play of color sometimes overrules the body hue. The value of certain translucent pieces with an excellent play of color can exceed the price of white opal with faint fire.
  • Play of Color

    – White opal is of two types - Common opal (White Opal without Fire) and precious White Rainbow Opal (White Opal with Fire). Plain milky opal with no play of color is usually available at cheaper prices. The cost of white opal with fire depends upon the intensity, coverage and number of color present in the fire. A bright white opal with intense, evenly spread, rainbow-like fire demands the highest premium.
  • Intensity

    – White Opals with strong, vivid and brilliant color flashes draw a higher amount. The presence of dull and faint fire usually creates a reduction in the white Opal value per carat.

  • Opal with Dim Fire Opal with Dim Fire
     Fiery White Opal Fiery White Opal

  • Number of hues

    – The more no. of color visible, the more valuable the opal. But some stones have single or two dominant hues in the play of color. White Opals containing red flashes are rare and expensive. Stones with blue and green flashes are more common and are available at reasonable prices.

  • White Opal with Blue fire White Opal with Blue fire
     White Opal with Green Fire White Opal with Green Fire
    White Opal with Rainbow Fire White Opal with Rainbow Fire
     White Opal with Yellow Fire White Opal with Yellow Fire

  • Coverage (Overall Distribution)

    – The area of surface displaying the play of color also determines the white opal cost. Some gems contain dead spots or white potches (a portion that lacks fire completely) which often decreases the Opal’s natural beauty and price.

  • White Opal with Evenly Spread Play of Color White Opal with Evenly Spread Play of Color
     White Opal with Dead Spots White Opal with Dead Spots

  • Fire pattern

    – White Opals containing closely set broad, ribbon-like color patches (also called Harlequin Opal) are rare and highly valuable. Pinfire pattern (small patches or dots) are relatively more common and are not very expensive.

  • Pinfire Pattern Pinfire Pattern
     Harlequin Opal Harlequin Opal

  • Clarity

    – The presence of imperfections inside the white opal crystal often reduces its market value. Eye clean pieces without any crack, pits, surface blemish or internal fracture are little difficult to find and hence draw a good amount.
  • Cut

    White precious opal in perfectly symmetrical shapes are rare to find. This is because a perfectly symmetrical shape involves a significant loss of rough white opal and is often pricier. Too thin or too thick White Opals are difficult to set in jewelry, hence, command a lower market value. The quality of polish also creates a difference in prices.
  • Carat weight

    – White Opal is a soft gemstone that is prone to damage. Hence, finding a large size opal is not easy. This is the reason why white opal price per carat increases exponentially for stones above certain carats (when the quality remains unaltered).

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