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8mm Green Opal Faceted Round Beads 15 inch 45 pieces - The Bead Traders
Green Opal Plain Round Beads 15 inch 45 pieces - The Bead Traders
Green Opal Plain Nugget Beads 18 inch 50 pieces - The Bead Traders
4x3mm Pink & Purple Opal Rondelle Silver Chain 28 pieces - The Bead Traders
Purple Opal Rondelle Silver Chain 30 pieces - The Bead Traders
4x3mm Pink & Purple Opal Rondelle Gold Chain 28 pieces - The Bead Traders
Purple Opal Rondelle Gold Chain 30 pieces - The Bead Traders
Yellow Opal Plain Nuggets 12 inch 50 beads - The Bead Traders
Blue Opal Plain Nuggets 12 inch 35 beads - The Bead Traders
Pink Opal Plain Nuggets 12 inch 40 beads - The Bead Traders
9-10mm Yellow & Green Opal Plain Rondelles 16 inch 68 beads - The Bead Traders
Multi Opal Plain Pears 7.5 inch 60 beads - The Bead Traders
Black Gold Bezel Mystic Opal Connector 1 piece - The Bead Traders
Yellow Opal Plain Pear Beads 7 inch 35 pieces - The Bead Traders
13mm Black Gold Bezel Mystic White Opal Coin Cabochon Pendant 1 piece - The Bead Traders
Yellow Opal Plain Heishi Beads 16 inch 180 pieces - The Bead Traders
White Opal Plain Oval Beads 18 inch 42 pieces - The Bead Traders
Purple Morado Opal Hand Cut Faceted Rondelle Beads 12 inch 95 pieces - The Bead Traders
Matte Multi Opal Plain Rondelle Gold Chain 28 pieces - The Bead Traders
2mm Green Opal Microfaceted Round Beads 12 inch 140 pieces - The Bead Traders
Pink Opal Round Silver Chain by the Foot 21 pieces - The Bead Traders
Pink Opal Round Black Gold Chain by the Foot 25 pieces - The Bead Traders
Pink Opal Rondelle Gold Chain by the Foot 26 pieces - The Bead Traders
Pink Opal Rondelle Silver Chain by the Foot 23 pieces - The Bead Traders
8mm Mystic White Quartz Round Gold Chain by the Foot 23 pieces - The Bead Traders
Pink Opal Round Gold Chain by the Foot 23 pieces - The Bead Traders
Pink Opal Rondelle Black Gold Chain by the Foot 25 pieces - The Bead Traders
Tree Opal Plain Nugget Beads 18 inch 50 pieces - The Bead Traders
8-15mm Tree Opal Plain Nugget Beads 18 inch 45 pieces - The Bead Traders
2mm Yellow Opal Micro Faceted Round Beads 13 inch 160 pieces - The Bead Traders
19x6mm-30x10mm Gold Leafed Australian Opal Natural Crystal Focal Pendant 1 Piece - The Bead Traders
6mm-7mm Tan Australian Opal Heishi Beads 16 inch 180 pieces - The Bead Traders
6x5x3-13x5x3mm Australian Opal center drilled Natural Crystal Chip Beads 7.5 inch 64 beads - The Bead Traders
6mm Dendritic Opal faceted rondelle Silver Chain by the foot 30 pieces - The Bead Traders
Matte Australian Opal plain nuggets 13 inch 32 beads 8x6-12x9mm - The Bead Traders
9x7-13x11mm White Opal plain oval beads 18.25 inch 41 pieces - The Bead Traders
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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.

Affordable beads online is easy with the Bead Traders, since we buy beads in volume. This means we can pass the savings on to you whenever you are looking to purchase gemstone beads and beading supplies. Ask any one of our friendly and knowledgeable representatives if you have any questions, or need assistance. Whether it's for jewelry, or a project, everything you need is right here in one store. Check out our massive inventory and selection today!

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.

Guaranteed Value

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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