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Ancient and mysterious Opal Beads are prized for the colors that flicker and flow inside them. Common opals are also beautiful and come in many colors. These inspirational stones are found in different places around the world.

Superior quality 14mm Dendritic Blue & White Opal Plain Hishi Beads 16 inch 35 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store

14mm Dendritic Blue & White Opal Plain Hishi Beads 16 inch 35 pieces

$50.00

14mm diameter Dendritic Blue & White Opal Plain Hishi (Heshi or Plain Rondelle) Beads on a 16 inch strand of 35 pieces.

High quality 5-6mm Blue Opal plain round beads 13 inch 56 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

5-6mm Blue Opal plain round beads 13 inch 56 pieces

$8.00

5-6mm diameter Blue Opal plain round beads 13 inch 56 pieces Color Treated

Luxurious 6mm Blue Opal plain round beads 13 inch 55 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

6mm Blue Opal plain round beads 13 inch 55 pieces

$10.00

Approx. 6mm Blue Opal plain round beads 13 inch 55 pieces Color Treated

Best buying 2.5-3.5mm White & Beige Dendritic Opal plain round beads 15 inch 123 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

2.5-3.5mm White & Beige Dendritic Opal plain round beads 15 inch 123 pieces

$8.00

2.5mm to 3.5mm approximate size for these White & Beige Dendritic Opal plain round beads 15 inch 123 pieces per strand.

Best selling 10mm White Opal Faceted Oval Beads, 14 inch - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store

10mm White Opal Faceted Oval Beads, 14 inch

$15.00

Length 14 inch strand Approx. Bead Size 8-10mm

Top quality 6.5-7.5mm Owyhee Blue Opal faceted cubes 8 inch 27 beads - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

6.5-7.5mm Owyhee Blue Opal faceted cubes 8 inch 27 beads

$30.00

6.5-7.5mm approximate measure for these Owyhee Blue Opal faceted cubes on the 8 inch strand of approximately 27 beads.

Best range of 10x8-16x13mm Green Opal straight drill plain pears 18 inch 36 beads - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

10x8-16x13mm Green Opal straight drill plain pears 18 inch 36 beads

$68.00

10x8-16x13mm Green Opal straight drill plain pears 18 inch 36 beads

Beautiful range of 10x9-14x11mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal faceted nugget 8 inch 15 beads - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

10x9-14x11mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal faceted nugget 8 inch 15 beads

$35.00

10x9mm up to 14x11mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal faceted nugget 8 inch 15 beads, mined in Oregon.

Attractive 6.5-7mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 28 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

6.5-7mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 28 pieces

$30.00

6.5mm up to 7mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 28 pieces approximate measure.

Premium quality 10-10.5mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 21 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

10-10.5mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 21 pieces

$30.00

10mm up to 10.5mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 21 pieces approximate measure.

Top quality 7x7-9x9mm White & Yellow Opal plain cubes 6.5 inch 46 Beads - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

7x7-9x9mm White & Yellow Opal plain cubes 6.5 inch 46 Beads

$30.00

approximate 7x7-9x9mm 6.5 inch 46 pcs

Premium quality 9mm Opal Straight Drilled Faceted Heart Beads, 14 inch - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store

9mm Opal Straight Drilled Faceted Heart Beads, 14 inch

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Approx. Length 14 inch strand;  Approx. Bead Size 9mm

Beautiful range of 7x7-9x9mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain heart beads 8 inch 55 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

7x7-9x9mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain heart beads 8 inch 55 pieces

$48.00

7x7-9x9mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain heart beads. 8 inch strands with 55 pieces.

Top quality 8x6-11x7mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain pear beads 8 inch 58 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

8x6-11x7mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain pear beads 8 inch 58 pieces

$50.00

8x6-11x7mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain pear beads on 8 inch strands with 58 pieces.

Premium quality 13x10-21x12mm Green Opal straight drill plain pears 18 inch 26 beads - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

13x10-21x12mm Green Opal straight drill plain pears 18 inch 26 beads

$68.00

13x10-21x12mm Green Opal straight drill plain pears 18 inch 26 beads

Beautiful range of Tanzanian Opal Faceted Nugget Beads 6 inch 6 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

Tanzanian Opal Faceted Nugget Beads 6 inch 6 pieces

$42.88
$32.00

approximate 6 inch strand of 6 beads measuring from 10x9mm to 14x11mm in size

Premium quality 8.5-9mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 23 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

8.5-9mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 23 pieces

$30.00

8.5mm up to 9mm White Opal faceted round beads 8 inches 23 pieces approximate measure.

Superior quality 13mm Moss Opal Plain Pear Beads, 15 inch - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store

13mm Moss Opal Plain Pear Beads, 15 inch

$18.76
$14.00

Length,15Bead Size | 13x9x4mm

Premium quality Fire Opal & Morado Opal plain rondelle and barrel beads 18 inches 95 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

Fire Opal & Morado Opal plain rondelle and barrel beads 18 inches 95 pieces

$138.00

Sizes range greatly from 6x3-5x4mm rondelles and 6x5mm to 6x7mm barrels for these White & Purple Morado Opals and Orange Fire Opals.

Best range of Green Opal plain nuggets 16 inch 23 beads - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

Green Opal plain nuggets 16 inch 23 beads

$30.00

Size ranges from 15x12mm up to 21x12mm on the 16 inch strand.

Finest collection of 5mm - 10mm Owyhee Blue Opal plain rondelle beads 16 inch 90 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

5mm - 10mm Owyhee Blue Opal plain rondelle beads 16 inch 90 pieces

$50.00

Owyhee Blue banded Opal plain rondelles measure from 5.5mm graduating up to 10mm in diameter with varying widths.

High quality 8x8-11x11mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain heart beads 8 inch 50 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

8x8-11x11mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain heart beads 8 inch 50 pieces

$57.00

8x8-11x11mm Owyhee Denim Blue Opal plain heart beads. 8 inch strands with 50 pieces.

Best buying 9x7-13x11mm White Opal plain oval beads 18.25 inch 41 pieces - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

9x7-13x11mm White Opal plain oval beads 18.25 inch 41 pieces

$58.00

9x7-13x11mm White Opal plain oval beads. 18.25 inch strands with 41 pieces.

Best buying 9x10-17x10mm Brown Opal straight drill plain nuggets 76 inch 33 beads - Buy From The Bead Traders Online Store.

9x10-17x10mm Brown Opal straight drill plain nuggets 76 inch 33 beads

$68.00

9x10-17x10mm Brown "Wood" Opal straight drill plain nuggets 76 inch 33 beads


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Play of Fire

The thing that differentiates precious opals from common opals is the play of fire. This is an effect seen in precious opals that looks like colors dancing under the surface of the stone. Opals are made of silica and up to 20% water, with an internal structure made up of silica “bubbles” pushed together. When light enters the stone, it is reflected off of the bubbles, creating a fantastic light show. Common opals do not show the play of fire, but they come in many beautiful colors, such as orange, gold, green, blue, pink, white and tan. Some opal beads also have dark inclusions that create tree-shaped designs in the cut and polished stones.

Opal Areas

Australia produces over 90% of the precious opals in the world. Mines near the town of Coober Pedy in southern Australia are the biggest producers. Other types of opals come from different parts of the world. Welo opals were found in Ethiopia about ten years ago and these are of as high quality or higher than Australian opals. Fire opals feature a bright orange color reminiscent of flames and are usually found in Mexico. Honey opals are another variety that come from Mexico and the American southwest. Peruvian opals are found in the Andes Mountains and come in shades of pink, blue and green.

What’s in a Name

There is some debate over the origin of the word “opal.”  Some say that It comes from the Roman word opalus, the name of a part of a yearly fertility festival. Others say it comes from the Greek word opallios, which means both “to see,” and “to change or alter.” However, most scholars believe that the stone got its name from Sanskrit (upala). Many ancient opals came from India, so this is probably true.

Fallen Reputation

For centuries people believed that opal jewelry was very lucky. They thought that the stones possessed the attributes of all the gems whose colors flashed inside the opal. The opal’s reputation began to slide in the nineteenth century when it became connected with bad luck. Opal is the recognized birthstone for people who were born in October, but unlike the other birthstones, some people consider it bad luck to wear opals if they are not born in October. No such superstition is attached to the practice of giving opal beads as gifts for the fourteenth wedding anniversary.

Stone of Inspiration

Opal is a stone of inspiration and creativity. Wearing opal jewelry is said to help a person think more clearly and remember things better. Opals have a high water content and water is tied to emotion, so opal beads can help with emotional transitions. In traditional crystal healing, opal is used to treat headaches, eye problems, Parkinson's disease and problems of the vascular and immune systems.

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the Bead Traders is your site for opal beads and more. With our Three-Part Value Pledge, we promise to sell you the best quality beads at the best price we can find. We buy our gemstones in bulk and this lets us keep prices low for these top quality beads. All of our merchandise is quality inspected and we never substitute lower quality items for higher if we are out of what you ordered. Explore your creativity with some colorful opals from the Bead Traders!

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