White opals have gained popularity and appreciation over the recent times. With an array of colours found in our ODF opals this stone is very versatile and can be used to create your one of a kind piece.
Known for its ‘milky’ tones and lighter appearance, Australian white opal is found in South Australian towns of Coober Pedy, Andamooka and Mintibie. White opals form within seams of white sandstone giving them their distinct paler colour. Although distinguished by their lighter tones, white opals can display an array of colours.
White opals can have a range of colours. Whether you are looking for a solid white coloured opal within minimal colouring or a spectacle of bright reds, blues and greens. At ODF we have a selection of pieces to make sure you find your perfect stone.
White opals are commonly found in the opal capital of the world, Coober Pedy. Historically, opal mining was done by creating a 1m diameter vertical shaft through which a miner would sink and tunnel. Miners would then carefully follow opal ‘levels’ with picks and shovals. The opal is then extracted with the help of handpicks and screwdrivers.
Although white opals do not have a naturally dark backing like boulder opal and black opals, specks of bright colours are often still visible within the stones.