We adore Opals at Catherine Best, we find them so incredibly unique complementing our style of design and our handmade craftsmanship perfectly.
Our particular favourite is the Boulder Opal, due to the amazing array of colours within the stone. The inclusion of a small percentage of water, usually around 10%, makes the stone feel alive with the mix of colour. Boulder Opal is also an ethical gemstone, as 95% of the world’s supply originates in Western Queensland, Australia. Which is all contained within a 200km – 300km radius, and because of its origins, mining practices are fully governed.
Boulder Opals are mined from large ironstone boulders, and the colourful opal is created by thin veins which form in its cracks and fissures. Because of this they tend to be cut in a free form shape to maximise their size. This is a real challenge for our designers and they love to find the perfect balance between the shape of the Opal, the precious metal and other gems which accompany it.
We source all of our Opals from suppliers we have built long standing relationships with, and they know the quality we aspire to. Each stone is chosen especially, to ensure you have the most beautiful Opal which you can treasure forever.
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