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|MINERAL||SIZE||GRADE||CURRENT||CHANGE||YEAR HIGH||YEAR LOW||AVAILABILITY|
|Boulder Opal||150-250 ct||70-90||$2.16||+$0.01||$2.16||$2.01||Moderate|
|Current and historical Boulder Opal market price index:|
|Current price per carat by date 2016-2017.||Rough average pricing scale.
Price per carat by year end.
|Physical Properties of Boulder Opal:|
|Chemical:||SiO2 · nH2O, Composed of either Cristobalite and/or Tridymite or amorphous silica.||
|Fracture:||Irregular/Uneven, Splintery, Conchoidal|
|Color:||Every color, black, white, and clear.|
|Specific Gravity:||1.98 - 2.25|
|Hardness:||5.50 - 6.50|
|Luster:||Subvitreous, Waxy, Resinous|
|Refractive Index:||1.37 to 1.52|
|Transparency:||Transparent to Opaque|
Australian Boulder opals are the second most valuable type of opal following Australian black opal. Boulder opals are easily distinguished by their layer of solid brown ironstone left on the back of the stone. Thin veins of colourful opal form in cracks and fissures and can display any colour of the spectrum in a dazzling play of colour.
Queensland’s southwest opal fields (Quilpie, Yowah, Eromanga) are the largest sources of boulder opals so far discovered. The fields in these areas are in sediments from the Cretaceous age (100 million years ago) and it is speculated that opals need anywhere between 1-10 million years to become an opal. Most opals were formed in deeply weathered rocks in arid regions, a during high rainfall periods, small amounts of silica were dissolved by water. As the water evaporated, the remaining silica formed the minute spheres. When these spheres were packed into tight regular formations they formed the gem quality opal that is treasured around the world today.