“Potch” is what we call a useless opal. It is actually opal but has a dull and dull gray, white or unattractive color.
These days people often think that opal is found in Australia. Yes it is and there are two distinct types: black opal and white opal. Black opal comes from the Lightning Ridge region of NSW province and white opal comes from the Coober Pedy region in South Australia.
Australian black opal is known as the best quality gemstone opal in the world. You really need to think about that for a moment. Apparently there is a beautiful opal found only in Coober Pedy but in different parts of the world.
Opal is found in every corner of the globe and was known for many centuries before it was discovered in Australia. Louis Leakey, an anthropologist in Kenya, discovered opal that was used by early artisans 6,000 years ago.
Today opal deposits are still available in Hungary, Germany, Russia and other European countries as well as in North and South America and Africa.
Many African countries receive opal deposits. There is opal available on many continents and countries but deposits are low and opal quality is not good. In Australia the price is high and the quality is very good in the end.
I think what the experts say is that if you are looking for the best opal ring for gemstones you will probably be talking about black opal.
I saw a million-dollar black opal held in the palm of a miner’s hand. But I also saw trucks full of useless opal.
Another thing I love about opal is that you do not have to be rich to have a good piece of opal jewelry. You can choose to buy a strong low quality opal and put it in a lovely place and it will still look good even though it may not have the amazing colors of the most expensive opal necklace. There will usually be an exciting character about it.
Alternatively, you can choose a doublet or triplet that often requires extra care as it is made of two or three pieces but will be much brighter and brighter at a less expensive price.
Sometimes you will find a potch with shiny opal stripes inside it and this will be expensive and will make opal jewelry more beautiful, especially opal pendants than opal earrings or rings for less money.
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