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Taranto Opals

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As multi-faceted as the opal itself, the Taranto family offer their story as testimony to the genuine nature of their product, without middle men, without models, without mark ups.

Two generations of Taranto family opal miners still live where the gemstone is mined, overseeing the mining and maintenance of the home of the opal – Australia’s legendary outback.

The passion of one man and his sons to unearth the finest opals from an unrelenting Australian outback and offer them to the world with a message:
“This is our life and with each discovery we want to convey our love for the Australian experience – the outback, the open skies, the journey – to the world.”

On seeing a Taranto Opal, there is no doubting the unrivalled individuality of this gemstone. Multidimensional and infinitely colourful, the opal can enhance any occasion, in any season, in any nation of the world. It is also Australia’s iconic gemstone with 97% of the world’s supply originating from the Australian outback.

Our Philosophy

To buy a Taranto Opal is to invest in one of the world’s most precious gemstones. With this investment must come the security of knowing you have purchased a quality product from an uncompromising company.

Taranto Opals represents a seamless evolution from gemstone to jewel. At no time does the opal leave the nurturing eye of its craftsmen, with two generations of Taranto family involvement in the mining and moulding of this unique natural wonder. Taranto Opals Director, Joe Taranto, has mentored one of the finest gem cutters in the world and continues an enviable association with him as an exclusive client.

Taranto Opals prides itself on a strict government and industry endorsed environmental code. Living in the area they mine, the Taranto Family understands the critical importance of rejuvenating the source from which the opal originated, through a designed soil enhancement process. For us it is a pride of place, as much as it is the search and discovery of finest grade opal.

Taranto Opals has the unique honour of enjoying an unrivalled relationship with some of the world’s most notable conservation movements – an achievement few mining companies can claim.

Opal Facts

Amazing characteristics

Opal Facts

Gemstone

    Opal is a gemstone consisting of hydrated amorphous silica with the chemical formula SiO2.nH2O. There are two basic forms of opal described by visual appearance. Precious Opal - is opal which exhibits the phenomenon known as play-of-colour, produced by the diffraction of white light through a micro-structure of orderly arrayed silica spheres to produce changing spectral hues. Common Opal and Potch - is opal which does not exhibit a play-of-colour. The distinction between common opal and potch is based on formation and structure. Potch is structurally similar to precious opal but has a disorderly arrangement of silica spheres. Common opal shows some degree of micro crystallinity.

    Excellent Variety

      Natural opal is opal which has not been treated or enhanced in any way other than by cutting and polishing. There are three types of natural opal, with varieties described by the two characteristics of body tone and transparency. Natural Opal Type 1 - is opal presented in one piece in its natural state apart from cutting or polishing and is of substantially homogenous chemical composition. Natural Opal Type 2 - is opal presented in one piece where the opal is naturally attached to the host rock in which it was formed and the host rock is of a different chemical composition. This opal is commonly known as boulder opal. Natural Opal Type 3 - is opal presented in one piece where the opal is intimately diffused as infillings of pores or holes or between grains of the host rock in which it was formed. This opal is commonly known as matrix opal.

      Natural Beauty

        One of the most striking characteristics of opal is it’s “play of colour” in which the grains in the pattern of the opal display a spectral hue which can include one or more or all of the above colours that strikingly change hue as the stone is viewed or tilted on different angles. The magnificent change in colour the opal displays is caused by light waves diffracting off the tiny spheres packed within the microstructure of the gem. The smaller spheres will diffract the colour blue, moving up the spectral hue to the largest sphere diffracting red the rarest colour found in precious opal. Other important characteristics of opal include the base colour, patterns, brightness, making each stone unique. The finest of opals are known to exceed the value of diamonds and emeralds per carat. Over 95% of the world’s precious opal comes from Australia.

        Eccentric

          Unlike most other gems, this amazing stone doesn't require impurities or faceting to create its phenomenal beauty. Its bursts of radiant colour are produced by diffraction of light in the same way as the rainbow. Besides, there are many differences between opal and other gems. They include an unimaginable array of alternating colours and shapes with a diversity of types. Click here About Opals for more information on the various types of Opals.

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