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Potch or Common Opal is an under valued form of natural opal that does not display any fire or color, though having exactly the same chemical composition and qualities as gem opal.

While gem opal contains regularly aligned reflective microscopic spheres, in common opal that alignment of spheres is irregular.

Potch can be black, grey, cream, white (milky), black, crystal clear and even amber in color, with all shades and combinations in between.

Sometimes those colors combine in an amazing, beautiful and unique range of patterns not found in any other natural stone.

Cut and polished into cabochons just as one would with gem opal, potch cabochons offer an entirely new aspect to creating unique and special jewelry pieces.

Pure black potch is commonly used in the making of backing for doublets and triplets with thin pieces of gem opal, but otherwise, the use of potch in jewellery is very much under appreciated.

I have decided to try posting some of this lovely stone up on my shop to see how it is received.

Some are mounted on basic settings and the rest are ready to mount yourself.


This unique potch opal pendant is from Lightning Ridge, NSW Australia

It features streaks of cream and white, bisected by a natural diagonal black band

Cut and polished, this lovely stone has been set in a plated brooch and is ready to wear.

TYPE - Solid Potch Opal

ORIGIN - Lightning Ridge

COLORS – Cream, White and Black

CLARITY – Opaque

SHAPE / CUT – Medium Cabochon

WEIGHT – 44 Carats Total (5 Carats = 1 Gram)

PRICE PER CARAT - $0.75c / Carat

STONE SIZE – 25 x 18 x 10 mm (6 mm = 1/4 inch approx)

Ref: 17 I PP2


Pics are enlarged to show detail. Check descriptions for actual sizes.

Should you have any queries regarding this item please don't hesitate to contact me

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44 Carats Lightning Ridge Common Opal Pendant

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Australian Opal, Lightning Ridge Opal, Ridge Opal, Genuine Opal, Natural Opal, Opal, Solid Opal, Opal Cabochon, Special Opal, Unique Opal, Potch, Plated Gold Finding, Common Opal
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