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Opal and Play of Color

The color of opal and its play or phenomenon of optical trait is a magnificent thing. Opals are unique because they can display all the spectral colors in an iridescent and moving pattern of yellow, red, green, blue, purple, pink, aqua and any other color imaginable.

The surreal floating movement of color that flashes across the surface of a stone is known as the 'play of color'.

But you may ask, what causes the remarkable colors in opal? Well, the answer is simply the diffraction of light. Very much like a prism refracting white light and produce rainbow-like effects, opals can diffract white light which can give it those amazing opal colors.

See the video and watch the play of color in the wonderful Opal from GemSelect.

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