Synthetic Opals

Black Opals, White Opals, Crystal Opals and Fire Opals
with a brilliant Play-of-Color.

Synthetic Opals in different varieties

Black Opals, White Opals, Crystal Opals and Fire Opals.

Lively Play-of-Color

Rough and cut synthetic opals in different colors, shapes and sizes

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Email us at goldberg@pinfire.deSynthetic Opal

Synthetic Impregnated Opals with a Play-of-Color in Red or Green and in Different Body Colors Synthetic Opals - Black Opal, White Opal, Crystal Opal & Fire Opal

Coarse and Fine Crystalline Opals with a Non-Directional Play-of-Color

Synthetic Opals with a vivid Play-of-Color

Different Types of Synthetic Opals with Different Properties.
Synthetic Impregnated Opal (Aurora Opal) - Type 1
Aurora Opal (Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 1)
Brillant Play-of-Color with a Swirly Pattern
Synthetic Impregnated Opal (Aurora Opal) - Type 1
Aurora Opal (Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 1)
Brillant Play-of-Color with a Swirly Pattern
Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 1
Synthetic Impregnated Opal (Type 1) - 390g
Brillant Play-of-Color with a Polygonal Pattern
Mulicolored Pattern of Synthetic Impregnated Opal
Synthetic Opals with Angle-Dependent Colors
... but Non-Directional Pattern
Mulicolored Pattern of Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Different View
Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Multicolored Pattern
... with a Bright Play-of-Color
Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 2
Synthetic Impregnated Opals - Type 2
White Opals with a Directional Pattern of Play-of-Color
Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 2
Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 2
White Opal with a Directional and Multicolored Pattern
Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 2
Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 2
Directional (Columnar) and Multicolored Pattern
Cut Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Type 1
Synthetic Impregnated Opals - Cut Opals of Type 1
Opals with a Non-Directional Pattern of Play-of-Color

Types of Synthetic Opals

We offer the whole range of synthetic impregnated opals in different types:

Type 1
Coarse and fine crystalline varieties of rough synthetic opals with monodisperse silica particles embedded in a polymer matrix with a non-directional pattern of play-of-color.
(Synthetic Polymer Impregnated Opal / Imitation Opal)

Color Charts:
Opals with Red Play-of-Color
Opals with Green Play-of-Color

Type 2
Coarse crystalline rough synthetic opals with monodisperse silica particles embedded in a polymer matrix with a directional (columnar) pattern of play-of-color.
(Synthetic Polymer Impregnated Opal / Imitation Opal

All types of synthetic opals are available in a wide variety of colours and with unique properties, which are described below.

Synthetic Impregnated Opals with a brilliant Play-of-Color

Multicolored opals with a non-directional pattern of play-of-color. Opals Type 1 / Coarse and Fine Crystalline Opals

Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Color Chart (Red Fire)

Coarse Crystalline Opals in Different Body Colors and a Play-of-Color in Red

Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Color Chart (Green Fire)

Coarse Crystalline Opals in Different Body Colors and a Play-of-Color in Green

Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Available Colors

Different Body Colors and a Play-of-Color in Red or Green

Synthetic Opal (Impregnated) in Different Body Colors

Rough Synthetic Impregnated Opal (Opal Type 1) with Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern

Synthetic Impregnated Opal (Slab, 390g)

Non-Directional Irregular Pattern, Dark Synthetic Impregnated Opal

Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Pattern of Play-of-Color

Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern, Dark Synthetic Impregnated Opal

Synthetic Impregnated Opal - White Opal Bead

Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern, White Synthetic Impregnated Opal

Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Black Opal Bead

Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern, Black Synthetic Impregnated Opal

Synthetic Impregnated Opals - Details and Description

Coarse and Fine Crystalline Opals with a Non-Directional Pattern of Play-of-Color (Type 1)

Based on research and various space experiments performed under microgravity, these opals are the world's first samples of homogeneously crystallized synthetic opals, also known as colloidal or photonic crystals. This kind of synthetic impregnated opals shows an intense play-of-color with an irregular, non-directional and polygonal pattern like natural opals, but without any cracks, inclusions or host rock (matrix). The opals are composed of self-organized and ordered monodisperse silica particles embedded in an organic polymer matrix and due to the lack of water in its chemical composition they are not prone to cracking or crazing. Seven varieties of synthetic impregnated opals in different body tones and with a beautiful, sparkling and vivid play-of-color are available: White Opal, Black Opal, Yellow Opal, Orange Opal, Blue, Purple and Green Opal.

These synthetic impregnated opals don't show a columnar pattern typical for opals grown by sedimentation. Thus, an orientation of the opals prior cutting is not necessary anymore.

The non-directional and coarse-grained pattern with big crystallites of 2-3 mm make the synthetic impregnated opals an ideal material to cut colorful beads, teardrops and cabochons for jewelry. But of course, the opals can be used also as inlays for musical instruments and furniture, as mosaic tiles or handle material for knives, brushes and other exclusive objects. Due to the flexibility of the opals in thin sheets also curved surfaces can be decorated. Furthermore, the size of the opals allows carving of big objects and sulptures, massive opal rings and bangles.
Be inspired by our Gallery of Rough and Cut Synthetic Impregnated Opals

Synthetic impregnated opals, available colors (Color Charts):

Green Play-of-Color: Opals with Green Play-of-Color
Red Play-of-Color: Opals with Red Play-of-Color

A special variety of synthetic impregnated opals type 1 are fine crystalline "Aurora Opals" with an impressive swirly or flame-like pattern of Play-of-Color. These synthetic impregnated opals are available in four bright different colors as opals with Green, Red and Orange and Blue as dominant colors. More information: Aurora Opals

Synthetic Opal (Impregnated, Type 1) - Knife with Opal Handle

Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern, Synthetic Impregnated Opal, Opal Type 1

Synthetic Opal (Impregnated, Type 1) - Knife with Opal Handle

Synthetic Impregnated Opal (Opal Type 1) with Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern

Synthetic Opal (Impregnated, Type 1) - Spectacle Frame with White Opal

Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern, Synthetic Impregnated Opal, Opal Type 1

Synthetic Opal (Impregnated, Type 1) - Spectacle Frames with Opals in Different Colors

Synthetic Impregnated Opal (Opal Type 1) with Non-Directional Polygonal Pattern

Synthetic Impregnated Opals Type 1 - Advantages and Properties

  • Multicolored Pattern with Big Grains (Crystallites) of 2-3 mm
  • Long-time Stable, No Cracking, Crazing or Yellowing
  • Without Inclusions, Cracks or Host Rock (Matrix)
  • Affordable Price
  • No Blind Spots without Play-of-Color
  • Intense Play-of-Color in dominant Red or Green, Seven Varieties in Different Body Tones
  • No Special Care Required
  • Flexible in Thin Sheets
  • Easy Processing for a Wide Range of Applications
  • Large Objects Producible from a Single Piece
  • Ideal for Carving, Slicing, Cutting and Machine Processing
  • Non-directional Pattern of Play-of-Color

Properties of Impregnated Synthetic Opals - Type 1

  • Specific Gravity: 1.3 - 1.4 g/cm3
  • Index of Refraction (RI): 1.49 - 1.50
  • Porosity: Non-Porous
  • Temperature Resistance: up to 140°C
  • Hardness (Pencil Hardness): 4-5
  • Composition: 15-20% SiO2 + 85-80% Resin

  • Body Colors: White, Black, Blue, Violet, Yellow, Orange and Red
  • Play-of-Color: Multicolored and Non-Directional
  • Pattern: Coarsely Crystalline with Polygonal Grains of 2-3 mm

  • Form of Delivery: Rough Opals
  • Shapes: Cylindrical or Rectangular-Shaped Slabs
  • Sizes: Ø 100 x 40 mm (round), 180 x 120 x 40 mm (rectangular)
  • Weights: 390g (round), 1200g (rectangular)

Synthetic Impregnated Opals with a vivid Play-of-Color

Multicolored opals with a directional pattern of play-of-color. Opals Type 2 / Opals with a Columnar Pattern

Synthetic Impregnated Opal, Rough White Opals

Directional Pattern, White Synthetic Impregnated Opal

Synthetic Impregnated Opal - Pattern of Play-of-Color

Directional Columnar Pattern, White Synthetic Impregnated Opal

Synthetic Impregnated Opals - Details and Description

Coarse Crystalline Opals with a directional pattern of play-of-color (Type 2)

These translucent synthetic impregnated opals show an intense play-of-color with an directional (columnar) pattern without any cracks, inclusions or host rock (matrix). The white opals are composed of self-organized and close-packed monodisperse silica particles embedded in an organic polymer matrix and due to the lack of water in its chemical composition they are not prone to cracking or crazing. White impregnated opals are available with a multicolored pattern in a variety of weights and sizes, ranging from 50 - 800 grams.

Synthetic Impregnated Opals Type 2 - Advantages and Properties

  • Long-time Stable, No Cracking, Crazing or Yellowing
  • Without Inclusions, Cracks or Host Rock (Matrix)
  • Affordable Price
  • No Blind Spots without Play-of-Color
  • Intense Play-of-Color
  • No Special Care Required
  • Easy Processing for a Wide Range of Applications
  • Large Objects Producible from a Single Piece
  • Ideal for Carving, Slicing, Cutting and Machine Processing
  • Directional Pattern of Play-of-Color

Properties of Impregnated Synthetic Opals - Type 2

  • Specific Gravity: 1.85 - 1.90 g/cm3
  • Index of Refraction (RI): 1.46 - 1.47
  • Porosity: Non-Porous
  • Temperature Resistance: up to 140°C
  • Hardness (Mohs): 4
  • Composition: 82% SiO2 + 18% Resin