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Opal & Opalite

Opal Gemstone Beads and Charms from Rings & Things: Opal has the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contains 6 - 10% water!
Common Opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both common opal and precious opal are hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide. African Opal and Wood Opal (or wood opalite) are forms of common opal. Their neutral, earthy colors make them excellent options for guys -- especially if you're trying to create jewelry for a guy with an October birthday. Our pretty Yellow Opal is somewhere in between: It is more translucent than most common opal, and has hints of opal fire (or maybe that's just flashes from the faceting)!
Birthstones for October include Opal, Rose Zircon and Pink Tourmaline.


Bello Opal is a beautiful synthetic opal. This is a high-quality polymer-impregnated lab-grown opal (80% silica/ 20% resin), with an intense play of color, and no cracking, crazing or yellowing over time.


Opalite: The term "opalite" in the jewelry industry can be confusing because sometimes it refers to common opal, and other times it refers to manmade opal. If it's not clear from an item's name, please click into the product details and we should have a clarification in the product description. Opalite glass beads have a milky center, and project a blue sheen when worn against most colors, but take on a yellowish tint when placed next to white.

Read more about Opal and Opalite in the Gemstone Index.


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  • Opalite (Opalized "Quartz") is also known as moonstone quartz, opalized quartz, and sea opal. These "gemstone" beads are actually glass. They are distinguishable from natural semiprecious stones by occasional, accidental bubble inclusions and a lower resistance to scratches and breakage. Nevertheless, manmade opalite is beautiful, and it is cut, faceted, and polished just like any other gemstone. Opalite beads have a cloudy center and few visible inclusions. They project a blue sheen when worn against most colors, but take on a yellowish tinge when placed next to white.  Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone. Opalite (Opalized "Quartz") is also known as moonstone quartz, opalized quartz, and sea opal. These "gemstone" beads are actually glass. They are distinguishable from natural semiprecious stones by occasional, accidental bubble inclusions and a lower resistance to scratches and breakage. Nevertheless, manmade opalite is beautiful, and it is cut, faceted, and polished just like any other gemstone. Opalite beads have a cloudy center and few visible inclusions. They project a blue sheen when worn against most colors, but take on a yellowish tinge when placed next to white.  Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone.

    Opalite Glass Donut, 25mm (Each)

    $1.79
    Opalite (Opalized "Quartz") is also known as moonstone quartz, opalized quartz, and sea opal. These "gemstone" beads are actually glass. They are distinguishable from natural semiprecious stones by occasional, accidental bubble inclusions and a lower...
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  • Add gemstone style to your next design with these beads from Dakota stones. These beads are perfectly round in shape and feature a versatile size that you can use in all kinds of designs. These beads would look wonderful in matching necklace and bracelet sets. Their large stringing hole makes these beads great for use with thicker stringing materials. Opalite is the trade name for man made glass treated to exhibit the internal flashes of true Opals in translucent samples, and opalescence or lustrous sheen in opaque samples. Opalite can have a blue appearance when placed against a dark background and appear milky white with a pink or orange glow against a light background. Opalite is known by several other names, including Moonstone. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead. Add gemstone style to your next design with these beads from Dakota stones. These beads are perfectly round in shape and feature a versatile size that you can use in all kinds of designs. These beads would look wonderful in matching necklace and bracelet sets. Their large stringing hole makes these beads great for use with thicker stringing materials. Opalite is the trade name for man made glass treated to exhibit the internal flashes of true Opals in translucent samples, and opalescence or lustrous sheen in opaque samples. Opalite can have a blue appearance when placed against a dark background and appear milky white with a pink or orange glow against a light background. Opalite is known by several other names, including Moonstone. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead.

    Dakota Stones Opalite 8mm Round Large Hole Bead Strand

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    $11.05
    Add gemstone style to your next design with these beads from Dakota stones. These beads are perfectly round in shape and feature a versatile size that you can use in all kinds of designs. These beads would look wonderful in matching necklace and bracelet...
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  • Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood opal occurs in a range of neutral shades of cream, grays, and browns.Making October birthstone jewelry or gifts for men? Wood opal's neutral, earthy colors make it an excellent option for guys. Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone. Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood opal occurs in a range of neutral shades of cream, grays, and browns.Making October birthstone jewelry or gifts for men? Wood opal's neutral, earthy colors make it an excellent option for guys. Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone.

    Wood Opalite 6mm Round Gemstone Beads (strand)

    $6.75
    Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood...
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  • Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood opal occurs in a range of neutral shades of cream, grays, and browns.Making October birthstone jewelry or gifts for men? Wood opal's neutral, earthy colors make it an excellent option for guys. Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone.

    Wood Opalite 8mm Round Gemstone Beads (strand)

    $9.00
    Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood...
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  • Yellow Opal gemstone beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contains 6 - 10% water. Common Opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both common opal and precious opal are hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide. Our pretty Yellow Opal is somewhere in between: It is more translucent than most common opal, and has hints of opal fire (or maybe that's just flashes from the faceting)!  See Related Products links (below) for similar items and additional jewelry-making supplies that are often used with this item. Yellow Opal gemstone beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contains 6 - 10% water. Common Opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both common opal and precious opal are hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide. Our pretty Yellow Opal is somewhere in between: It is more translucent than most common opal, and has hints of opal fire (or maybe that's just flashes from the faceting)!  See Related Products links (below) for similar items and additional jewelry-making supplies that are often used with this item.

    4mm Diamond Cut Round Gemstone Bead - Yellow Opal AA - Color Banded (strand)

    $16.15
    Yellow Opal gemstone beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contains 6 - 10% water. Common Opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both common opal and precious opal...
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  • Energize your designs with this Dakota Stones pink opal faceted 6mm energy prism bead strand. The beads on this strand feature a faceted cut helping them catch the light. This strand features spacers between each of the beads, so you could use it as-is, or string the beads into a design. Pink Opal is a variety of non to precious opal, meaning that it has lustre and some translucency without the fire or color play associated with precious opal varieties. Pink Opal naturally occurs in shades of extremely pale to deeper pink. Metaphysically, Pink Opal is said to aid in the productivity of new endeavors. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead. Energize your designs with this Dakota Stones pink opal faceted 6mm energy prism bead strand. The beads on this strand feature a faceted cut helping them catch the light. This strand features spacers between each of the beads, so you could use it as-is, or string the beads into a design. Pink Opal is a variety of non to precious opal, meaning that it has lustre and some translucency without the fire or color play associated with precious opal varieties. Pink Opal naturally occurs in shades of extremely pale to deeper pink. Metaphysically, Pink Opal is said to aid in the productivity of new endeavors. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead.

    Dakota Stones Pink Opal 6mm Natural Energy Prism Faceted - 15-16 Inch Bead Strand

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    $21.65
    Energize your designs with this Dakota Stones pink opal faceted 6mm energy prism bead strand. The beads on this strand feature a faceted cut helping them catch the light. This strand features spacers between each of the beads, so you could use it as-is,...
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  • Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood opal occurs in a range of neutral shades of cream, grays, and browns.Making October birthstone jewelry or gifts for men? Wood opal's neutral, earthy colors make it an excellent option for guys. Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone. Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood opal occurs in a range of neutral shades of cream, grays, and browns.Making October birthstone jewelry or gifts for men? Wood opal's neutral, earthy colors make it an excellent option for guys. Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone.

    Wood Opalite 8mm Puffed Coin Gemstone Beads (strand)

    $7.13
    Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood...
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  • Gold fill (also called gold overlay or gold-filled) is made by using heat and pressure to apply a layer of karat gold to a base of less costly metal. This produces a surface with karat gold. The minimum layer of karat gold must equal at least 1/20 of the total weight of the item.What's the Difference between Gold Plate and Gold Fill?Gold fill is 50 to 100,000 times thicker than normal gold plating, and 17 to 25,000 times thicker than heavy gold electroplate (sometimes stamped 14kt HGP). For more info about GF, see About Metals which includes an illustration of the difference between gold plate and gold fill.  See Related Products links (below) for similar items and additional jewelry-making supplies that are often used with this item. Gold fill (also called gold overlay or gold-filled) is made by using heat and pressure to apply a layer of karat gold to a base of less costly metal. This produces a surface with karat gold. The minimum layer of karat gold must equal at least 1/20 of the total weight of the item.What's the Difference between Gold Plate and Gold Fill?Gold fill is 50 to 100,000 times thicker than normal gold plating, and 17 to 25,000 times thicker than heavy gold electroplate (sometimes stamped 14kt HGP). For more info about GF, see About Metals which includes an illustration of the difference between gold plate and gold fill.  See Related Products links (below) for similar items and additional jewelry-making supplies that are often used with this item.

    6mm 14kt Gold-Filled Bello Opal Drop Charm - Blue Opal (Each)

    $6.59
    Gold fill (also called gold overlay or gold-filled) is made by using heat and pressure to apply a layer of karat gold to a base of less costly metal. This produces a surface with karat gold. The minimum layer of karat gold must equal at least 1/20 of the...
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  • Accent designs with the beauty of these gemstone beads from Dakota Stones. These tiny round beads can be mixed with seed beads, used in bead embroidery, and more. White African opal naturally occurs in shades of white, cream, and light tan. It is a variety of common opal. The internal structure of common opal does not result in the play of color associated with precious opal. These beads will give you a highly wearable and organic neutral color palette. Metaphysical Properties: White African opal is said to be a healing stone. It also believed to provide gentle and nurturing emotional support. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from piece to piece. Each strand includes approximately 165 beads.

    Dakota Stones 2mm White African Opal Round Bead Strand

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    $9.25
    Accent designs with the beauty of these gemstone beads from Dakota Stones. These tiny round beads can be mixed with seed beads, used in bead embroidery, and more. White African opal naturally occurs in shades of white, cream, and light tan. It is a...
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  • Decorate your jewelry designs with the gemstone style of these Dakota Stones beads. Boulder Opal is a golden-brown to dark brown stone, displaying these colors in patterns of parallel bands. It is considered a precious Opal, and forms within a host rock such as ironstone or sandstone. Boulder Opal is believed to help with spiritual development, as well as with reconciling conscious and unconscious thought. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead. Decorate your jewelry designs with the gemstone style of these Dakota Stones beads. Boulder Opal is a golden-brown to dark brown stone, displaying these colors in patterns of parallel bands. It is considered a precious Opal, and forms within a host rock such as ironstone or sandstone. Boulder Opal is believed to help with spiritual development, as well as with reconciling conscious and unconscious thought. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead.

    Dakota Stones Australian Boulder Opal Faceted 5mm Round - 15-16 Inch Bead Strand

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    $37.15
    Decorate your jewelry designs with the gemstone style of these Dakota Stones beads. Boulder Opal is a golden-brown to dark brown stone, displaying these colors in patterns of parallel bands. It is considered a precious Opal, and forms within a host rock...
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  • Gemstone beauty fills these Dakota Stones 4 x 6mm table cut cube beads. These beads feature a cube shape with table facets. The stringing hole is drilled from the corners of the bead through the center. This variety of opal is named "dendritic" for the small inclusions within it that resemble moss or ferns. These inclusions consist of iron, manganese and other metallic oxides captured during the forming of the rock. Opals are hydrated amorphous forms of silica, created when silica hardens within the fissures of other stones.Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from bead to bead.

    Dakota Stones Dedritic Opal 4 x 6mm Table Cut Cube Corner Drilled 15-16" Bead Strand

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    $21.65
    Gemstone beauty fills these Dakota Stones 4 x 6mm table cut cube beads. These beads feature a cube shape with table facets. The stringing hole is drilled from the corners of the bead through the center. This variety of opal is named "dendritic" for the...
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  • You'll love creating organic looks with these Dakota Stones white African opal beads. White African opal naturally occurs in shades of white, cream, and light tan. It is a variety of common opal. The internal structure of common opal does not result in the play of color associated with precious opal. These beads will give you a highly wearable and organic neutral color palette. These beads are small in size and round in shape, so you can use them as spacers. The matte finish adds a muted style.Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from piece to piece. Each strand includes approximately 52 beads.

    Dakota Stones Matte White African Opal 4mm Round Bead Strand

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    $6.97
    You'll love creating organic looks with these Dakota Stones white African opal beads. White African opal naturally occurs in shades of white, cream, and light tan. It is a variety of common opal. The internal structure of common opal does not result in...
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  • Bring soft color to your designs with these pink opal natural chip beads from Dakota Stones. Pink opal is a variety of non-precious opal, which means that it has luster and some translucency without the fire or color play associated with precious opal varieties. Pink Opal naturally occurs in shades of extremely pale to deeper pink. These beads feature irregular chip shapes, perfect for organic styles. Layer them into necklaces, bracelets, and even earrings. Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from piece to piece.

    Dakota Stones Pink Opal Natural 6-13mm Chips - 15-Inch Bead Strand

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    $13.85
    Bring soft color to your designs with these pink opal natural chip beads from Dakota Stones. Pink opal is a variety of non-precious opal, which means that it has luster and some translucency without the fire or color play associated with precious opal...
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  • Create a natural look with these Dakota Stones beads. The puff coin shape is wonderfully versatile. You can use these beads as an accent to lend extra color or dimension to a statement piece or you can use them as substitutes for rounds in simple strung and knotted designs. They also work as focal elements in a structured piece of bead weaving. Wood opalite is a form of petrified wood, also known as fossilized or agatized wood. It most commonly occurs with jasper or chalcedony. Petrified wood occurs after a tree has turned completely into stone by the process of permineralization, a process that takes over 100 years. Metaphysical Properties: Petrified wood is associated with patience and slow, steady growth.Because gemstones are natural materials, appearances may vary from piece to piece. Each strand includes approximately 25 beads.

    Dakota Stones Wood Opalite 8mm Puff Coin Bead Strand

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    $9.25
    Create a natural look with these Dakota Stones beads. The puff coin shape is wonderfully versatile. You can use these beads as an accent to lend extra color or dimension to a statement piece or you can use them as substitutes for rounds in simple strung...
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  • Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood opal occurs in a range of neutral shades of cream, grays, and browns.Making October birthstone jewelry or gifts for men? Wood opal's neutral, earthy colors make it an excellent option for guys. Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone.

    Wood Opalite 6mm Faceted Round Gemstone Beads (strand)

    $10.20
    Wood Opal (also known as wood opalite, agatized wood and fossilized wood) is petrified wood, where the organic material has been replaced with hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide (opal), but keeping the same layered structure as the original wood. Wood...
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  • Yellow Opal gemstone beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contains 6 - 10% water. Common Opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both common opal and precious opal are hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide. Our pretty Yellow Opal is somewhere in between: It is more translucent than most common opal, and has hints of opal fire (or maybe that's just flashes from the faceting)!   Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone. Yellow Opal gemstone beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contains 6 - 10% water. Common Opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both common opal and precious opal are hydrated amorphous Silicon Dioxide. Our pretty Yellow Opal is somewhere in between: It is more translucent than most common opal, and has hints of opal fire (or maybe that's just flashes from the faceting)!   Please see the Related Products links below for similar items, and more information about this stone.

    Yellow Opal 8mm Faceted Bicone Gemstone Bead (strand)

    $19.13
    Yellow Opal gemstone beads have the same basic chemical composition as quartz, but usually contains 6 - 10% water. Common Opal (sometimes called opalite) does not have the flashes of light found in precious opal, but both common opal and precious opal...
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