Skip to content

Filters

Australian Opal Beads (14)

Australian Opal Beads are some of the most beautiful and unusual gemstones in the world. Fine opals display what’s called a “play of color,” a phenomenon where a rainbow of different colors flash inside the stone. Most of the world’s opals are found in Australia. Because we buy beads in volume, we always offer affordable beads and beading supplies at the Bead Traders.

  • Original price $68.00 - Original price $68.00
    Original price
    $68.00
    $68.00 - $68.00
    Current price $68.00

    Australian Opal Plain Round Beads 16 inch 50 pieces

    Beads average about 8mm in diameter. Includes 1mm large drill hole.

    Original price $68.00 - Original price $68.00
    Original price
    $68.00
    $68.00 - $68.00
    Current price $68.00
  • Original price $92.00 - Original price $92.00
    Original price
    $92.00
    $92.00 - $92.00
    Current price $92.00

    Australian Opal Faceted Heishi Beads 16 inch 195 pieces

    Beads average about 7mm in diameter.

    Original price $92.00 - Original price $92.00
    Original price
    $92.00
    $92.00 - $92.00
    Current price $92.00
  • Original price $86.00 - Original price $86.00
    Original price
    $86.00
    $86.00 - $86.00
    Current price $86.00

    Australian Opal Plain Round Beads 16 inch 45 pieces

    Beads measure between 9mm and 10mm in diameter. Beads have 1mm large drill holes.

    Original price $86.00 - Original price $86.00
    Original price
    $86.00
    $86.00 - $86.00
    Current price $86.00
  • Original price $125.00 - Original price $125.00
    Original price
    $125.00
    $125.00 - $125.00
    Current price $125.00

    Australian Opal Faceted Rondelles 16 Inch 148 Beads

    Beads measure between 4mm and 5mm in diameter. Australian Opal faceted rondelle beads exhibit a symmetrical shape on the strand showing opaque to t...

    View full details
    Original price $125.00 - Original price $125.00
    Original price
    $125.00
    $125.00 - $125.00
    Current price $125.00
  • Original price $134.00 - Original price $134.00
    Original price
    $134.00
    $134.00 - $134.00
    Current price $134.00

    Australian Opal Plain Rondelle Beads 16 inch 145 pieces

    Beads measure from 5mm to 6mm in diameter.

    Original price $134.00 - Original price $134.00
    Original price
    $134.00
    $134.00 - $134.00
    Current price $134.00
  • Original price $110.00 - Original price $110.00
    Original price
    $110.00
    $110.00 - $110.00
    Current price $110.00

    Australian Opal Plain Rondelle Beads 16 inch 165 pieces

    Beads average 5mm in diameter.

    Original price $110.00 - Original price $110.00
    Original price
    $110.00
    $110.00 - $110.00
    Current price $110.00
  • Original price $8.00 - Original price $8.00
    Original price
    $8.00
    $8.00 - $8.00
    Current price $8.00

    23x6mm-32x8mm Black Gold Leafed Australian Opal Natural Crystal Pendant 1 Piece

    23x6mm-32x8mm Black Gold Leafed Australian Opal Natural Crystal Pendant 1 Piece8

    Original price $8.00 - Original price $8.00
    Original price
    $8.00
    $8.00 - $8.00
    Current price $8.00
  • Original price $8.00 - Original price $8.00
    Original price
    $8.00
    $8.00 - $8.00
    Current price $8.00

    19x6mm-30x10mm Gold Leafed Australian Opal Natural Crystal Focal Pendant 1 Piece

    19x6mm-30x10mm Gold Leafed Australian Opal Natural Crystal Focal Pendant 1 Piece

    Original price $8.00 - Original price $8.00
    Original price
    $8.00
    $8.00 - $8.00
    Current price $8.00
  • Save 50% Save %
    Original price $68.00
    Original price $68.00 - Original price $68.00
    Original price $68.00
    Current price $34.00
    $34.00 - $34.00
    Current price $34.00

    6x5x3-13x5x3mm Australian Opal center drilled Natural Crystal Chip Beads 7.5 inch 64 beads

    Australian Opal Natural Crystal Chips have a dull & waxy luster showing visible matrix in their varied hues of beige, off white, brown, and san...

    View full details
    Original price $68.00
    Original price $68.00 - Original price $68.00
    Original price $68.00
    Current price $34.00
    $34.00 - $34.00
    Current price $34.00
    Save 50% Save %
  • Best range of 2.5mm Beige & Grey Australian Opal micro faceted rondelles 12.5 inch 145 beads AAA - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.
    Save 50% Save %
    Original price $45.00
    Original price $45.00 - Original price $45.00
    Original price $45.00
    Current price $22.50
    $22.50 - $22.50
    Current price $22.50

    2.5mm Beige & Grey Australian Opal micro faceted rondelles 12.5 inch 145 beads AAA

    Beige & Grey Australian Opal micro faceted rondelles 12.5 inches in length with145 beads measuring 2.5mm average diameter. AAA

    Original price $45.00
    Original price $45.00 - Original price $45.00
    Original price $45.00
    Current price $22.50
    $22.50 - $22.50
    Current price $22.50
    Save 50% Save %
  • Beautiful range of Matte Australian Opal plain nuggets 13 inch 32 beads 8x6-12x9mm - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.
    Original price $35.00 - Original price $35.00
    Original price
    $35.00
    $35.00 - $35.00
    Current price $35.00

    Matte Australian Opal plain nuggets 13 inch 32 beads 8x6-12x9mm

    Matte Australian Opal plain nuggets measure approximately 13 inch on the strand of 32 beads with size ranging from 8x6-12x9mm

    Original price $35.00 - Original price $35.00
    Original price
    $35.00
    $35.00 - $35.00
    Current price $35.00
  • Best buying 10x8mm Australian Opal faceted oval Black Gold Chain by the foot 18 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.
    Original price $18.00 - Original price $18.00
    Original price
    $18.00
    $18.00 - $18.00
    Current price $18.00

    10x8mm Australian Opal faceted oval Black Gold Chain by the foot 18 pieces

    10x8mm measure for these Australian Opal faceted oval beads hand wrapped onto Black Gold plated Rosary Chain sold by the foot with approximately 18...

    View full details
    Original price $18.00 - Original price $18.00
    Original price
    $18.00
    $18.00 - $18.00
    Current price $18.00
  • Original price $0.00 - Original price $0.00
    Original price $0.00
    $50.00
    $50.00 - $50.00
    Current price $50.00

    12x11-32x15mm Boulder Opal Tumbled Nugget Top Drilled Beads 7 inch 15 pcs

    approximate 12x11-32x15mm, 7 inch, 15 pieces

    Original price $0.00 - Original price $0.00
    Original price $0.00
    $50.00
    $50.00 - $50.00
    Current price $50.00
  • Save 25% Save %
    Original price $10.72
    Original price $10.72 - Original price $10.72
    Original price $10.72
    Current price $8.00
    $8.00 - $8.00
    Current price $8.00

    5mm Australian Opal Plain Rondelle Beads, 14 inch

    Approx. Length 14 inch | Approx. Bead Size 4-5mm

    Original price $10.72
    Original price $10.72 - Original price $10.72
    Original price $10.72
    Current price $8.00
    $8.00 - $8.00
    Current price $8.00
    Save 25% Save %

Play of Color

Opals are famous for their play of color, an effect that is caused by the internal structure of Opal beads. Unlike quartz, opal is not a crystal and is considered a mineraloid, a mineral-like substance without a crystal structure. Opals are made up of silica and water, and it is the high water content--up to 20% in some stones--that contributes to opal’s colorful show. Silica spheres inside the amorphous stone catch the light and reflect it back. The spheres are arranged in a lattice structure and the distance between the spheres determines what colors will be present in the stone. The brightness of the fire is graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the brightest.

Varieties of Opals

Black opals are the rarest and most precious of the Australian opal beads, with black stones with red flashes being the most sought after. White or light opals with green, blue and orange or yellow fire are more common. Sometimes thinner, lower quality opals are combined with another material such as onyx or glass to create a doublet or triplet opal. While these combinations can be very pretty, they are not as valuable as pure opals.

Cabochons

Although Australian opal beads are available in a range of shapes and sizes, most opals are cut and polished into cabochons, which are large, single, rounded stones used to decorate items such as statues, sword hilts, boxes and chalices. Opals have a hardness value of 5.5 - 6 on Moh’s Scale and are considered fragile, so they need to be set in a protective setting.

Down Under

Most of the world’s precious opals come from Australia, and most of those are mined in the Coober Pedy region. The world’s largest opal, called "Olympic Australis," was found in this area in 1956. Olympic Australis is almost a foot wide and weighs 17,000 carats. Although 90% of the world’s opals have been found in Australia, they do occur in other regions, and NASA reported in 2008 that opals have been found on Mars.

Opals in History

The name ‘opal’ come from the Roman word ‘opalus,’ which is believed to have come from the Sanskrit word ‘upala’. The Romans valued opals above all other gemstones, and they had a good reputation until the 19th century when Sir Walter Scott used an opal talisman with supernatural powers in one of his novels. Their luck changed in the early 20th century when opal was designated as the birthstone for the month of October.

Purchasing Opals

The Australian opal beads available at the Bead Traders are covered by our Three-Part Value Pledge of value, quality and authenticity. The beads we sell are the best quality available at the best price we can offer, and if we need to make a substitution, we always send you beads of higher quality rather than lower. When you are looking to put a little color in your life, try Australian opal beads from the Bead Traders.

Sign up for our online newsletter

Net Orders Checkout

Item Price Qty Total
Subtotal $0.00
Shipping
Total

Shipping Address

Shipping Methods