Lab Created Opals with a vivid and non-directional Play-of-ColorDifferent Types of Man-Made Opals with Different Properties.
Lab Created Opal with a brilliant Play-of-ColorMulticolored Opals with a Non-Directional Pattern of Play-of-Color. Opals Type 1 / Coarse and Fine Crystalline Opals
Lab Created Opal - Color Chart (Green Fire)Coarse Crystalline Opals in Different Body Colors and a Play-of-Color in Green
Lab Created Opal - Available ColorsDifferent Body Colors and a Play-of-Color in Red or Green
Lab Created Opal in Different Body ColorsRough Opal (Opal Type 1) with Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern
Lab Created Opals - Details and Description
Coarse and Fine Crystalline Opals with a Non-Directional Pattern of Play-of-Color (Type 1)
Based on research and various space experiments performed under microgravity, these opals are the world's first samples of homogeneously crystallized opals, also known as colloidal or photonic crystals. This kind of opals 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). The opals are composed of self-organized and ordered monodisperse silica particles embedded in an organic polymer matrix and due to the lack of water in its chemical composition they are not prone to cracking or crazing. Seven varieties of the lab created opals in different body tones and with a beautiful, sparkling and vivid play-of-color are available: White Opal, Black Opal, Yellow Opal, Orange Opal, Blue, Purple and Green Opal.
These opals don't show a columnar pattern typical for synthetic opals grown by sedimentation. Thus, an orientation of the opals prior cutting is not necessary anymore.
Furthermore, in contrast to conventional impregnated synthetic opals 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. Due to the flexibility of the opals in thin sheets also curved surfaces can be decorated. Furthermore, the size of the opals allows carving of big objects and sulptures, solid opal rings and bangles.
Be inspired by our Gallery of Rough and Cut Synthetic Impregnated Opals
Lab created opals, available colors (Color Charts):
A special variety of our opals type 1 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
Lab Created Opals Type 1 - Advantages and Properties
Properties of Opals - Type 1
Impregnated Synthetic Opals with a vivid Play-of-ColorMulticolored opals with a directional pattern of play-of-color. Opals Type 2 / Synthetic Opals with a Columnar Pattern
Impregnated Synthetic Opal, Rough Black OpalsDirectional Pattern, Black Synthetic Impregnated Opal
Synthetic Opal (Impregnated) - Rough White OpalDirectional Columnar Pattern, White Synthetic Impregnated Opal
Impregnated Synthetic Opal, Rough Opal (800g)Directional Pattern, White Synthetic Impregnated Opal
Impregnated Synthetic Opal - Side ViewDirectional Columnar Pattern, White Synthetic Impregnated Opal
Impregnated Synthetic Opals - Details and Description
Coarse Crystalline Opals with a directional pattern of play-of-color (Type 2)
These impregnated synthetic opals show an intense play-of-color with an directional (columnar) pattern without any cracks, inclusions or host rock (matrix). The opals are composed of self-organized and close-packed monodisperse silica particles embedded in an organic polymer matrix and due to the lack of water in its chemical composition they are not prone to cracking or crazing. All impregnated synthetic opals are available with a multicolored pattern in weights ranging from 50 - 800 grams as black opals, white opals, blue opals and fire opals
Pictures and a color chart are available on a separate page about Impregnated Synthetic Opals