Jewelry has been a part of civilization since the dawn of time, whether it was made from bits of bones, rocks, or shells. People’s love for rare stones set in copper, silver, or gold has stood at the core of trade initiatives, diplomatic relationships, or geopolitical matters throughout history and in some parts of the world they still do. We in the civilized world value gems for their rarity more than anything else, because they barely have any properties other than their aesthetic value. Depending on their rarity, some gemstones are much more valuable than others. Over the next few minutes, we’ll find out what are the ten rarest gems in the world and where they’re found.
Black opal is a brilliant gem that displays an exciting range of colors despite its dark gray appearance. Most of the world’s opals are from Australia, and the remaining 5% is from Mexico, Brazil and the U.S. But of late, some opals have been discovered in Ethiopia and Mali. Interestingly enough, the global price of Black Opal has remained unchanged despite the discovery of new reserves.