Synthetic Impregnated Opals with Non-Directional Play-of-ColorSynthetic Opal & Impregnated Synthetic Opal
Synthetic Opal and Impregnated Synthetic Opal - Details and Description
Coarse and Fine Crystalline Synthetic Opal with a Non-Directional Pattern of Play-of-Color
Based on various space experiments performed under microgravity, these opals are the world's first samples of homogeneously crystallized synthetic opals, also known as colloidal or photonic crystals. This type of impregnated synthetic opal shows an intense play-of-color with an irregular, non-directional and polygonal pattern like natural opals, but without any cracks, inclusions or host rock (matrix).
These synthetic impregnated opals don't show a columnar pattern typical for opals grown by sedimentation. Thus, an orientation of the opals prior cutting is not necessary anymore.
Furthermore, in contrast to conventional impregnated synthetic opal the new preparation method by homogeneous crystallization allows a significant lower silica content. This makes the processing of the coarse and fine crystalline opals much easier and both types can be drilled, carved, sliced and cut by standard carbide tools.
The non-directional and coarse-grained pattern with big crystallites of 2-3 mm make the synthetic impregnated opals an ideal material to cut colorful beads, teardrops and cabochons for jewelry. But of course, the opals can be used also as inlays for musical instruments and furniture, as mosaic tiles or handle material for knives, brushes and other exclusive objects. Furthermore, the size of the opals allows carving of big objects and sulptures, solid opal rings and bangles.
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A special variety of impregnated synthetic opal are fine crystalline "Aurora Opals" with an impressive swirly or flame-like pattern of Play-of-Color. These opals are available in four bright different colors as opals with Green, Red and Orange and Blue as dominant colors. More information: Aurora Opals