Opal Triplets are a further development of the Opal Doublet. Here the thin precious opal layer is protected by an additional layer of rock crystal or glass covering the opal. Opal Triplets are very labor intensive to produce, but economical in that they use only a small amount of the precious opal rough material. Primarily Light Opal is used, which shows intense colors on the dark backing. Since the fine opal is well protected under the rock crystal or glass cap, a very thin opal layer is enough to create a Triplet with vibrant shimmering colors.


Opal Triplets are attractive alternatives to the precious and rare Black Opal. Their play-of-color is impressive and constantly changing depending on the exposure to light. Their colors and affordability adapt very well to each new fashion trend. Generally speaking they are the least expensive variety of all Australian Opals. However, gem quality Triplets can command relatively high prices as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Mosaic Opals are laboriously composed of hundreds of very small and thin slices of the best quality Light Opal. They are protected, like the Opal Triplets, by a rock-crystal or crystal glass layer.